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Healthy eating: fact vs fiction

沙巴体育appAdvice on healthy eating seems to change so fast that it’s hard to keep up. But there’s no need to blow your budget on superfoods or swap your Sunday roast for a salad.

沙巴体育appHere we address some of the most common food myths and ask the experts what we really should be eating.


Low-fat food

What's the myth? Low-fat foods are best for us.

The reality: Although a diet that is low in fat can help you to control your weight and lower your cholesterol, there’s no need to avoid fat altogether.

The expert opinion: 'We do need some fat in our diets,' explains Eleanor Donaldson from the . 'For example, omega fats are great for circulation and can reduce the risk of heart disease.'

Why not try...? Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, pilchards and sardines are good sources of omega fats. Use olive or sunflower oil for cooking, and if you are trying to reduce the amount of fat you eat, there are a number of different options:

  • Trim visible fat from meat.
  • Choose lower-fat versions of traditional foods.
  • Buy or try making your own oven chips instead of fried.
  • Save cakes, biscuits, pies and pastries for an occasional treat.

Fruit and veg

What's the myth? Fruit and vegetables should be eaten fresh.

The reality:沙巴体育app Unless you’re feeding a family, it can be hard to get through a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables before they go off. Buying tinned or frozen means that you only use what you need, so there’s less waste.

The expert opinion:沙巴体育app Eleanor Donaldson says: 'Freezing preserves the food’s vitamin and mineral content, is a great way to get your recommended 5-a-day and there is no wastage from peel, seeds and stalks.'

Why not try...? Why not eat frozen vegetables with your meal, add them to soups and stews, stir tinned sweetcorn into a salad, or enjoy frozen berries with yoghurt, ice cream or custard.


Cooked breakfasts

What's the myth? A cooked breakfast is bad for you.

The reality: Breakfast is an important meal and a cooked breakfast can be a healthy way to set yourself up for the day.

The expert opinion: Eleanor Donaldson says: 'Eggs are a brilliant source of lean protein, tomatoes are packed with antioxidants and grilled lean bacon is a tasty addition. But have a think about how you cook the foods and instead of a "fry up" have a "grill up".'

Why not try...? Give the frying pan a rest and opt for poached eggs or baked beans on wholemeal toast.


Red meat

What's the myth? Red meat will kill you.

The reality: Recent research has linked red meat to an increased risk of dying from heart disease and cancer. However, red meat is good for you, as it’s an excellent source of protein, vitamin B12, zinc and iron. That’s why the Department of Health advice says it’s safe to consume up to 500g per week.

The expert opinion:沙巴体育app Victoria Taylor, Senior Heart Health Dietician at the , says: 'Red meat can still be eaten as part of a balanced diet, but go for the leaner cuts and use healthier cooking methods such as grilling.'

Why not try...?沙巴体育app Try not to overdo any one type of food and vary the protein part of your meal. Instead of beef, lamb or pork-based meals, why not give chicken, beans or lentils a go?

Food safety

Kevin Hargin from the Food Standards Agency explains how to take care when handling and cooking chicken

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Last updated: Jun 08 2020

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