Diets and Nutrition

Diets and Nutrition

Due to changing medical evidence new dietary recommendations are in order. The previously low cholesterol, low fat diets are now under scrutiny for providing the benefits they were supposed to provide. Indeed, food intake with high cholesterol or fat content do not seem to correlate with long term cholesterol levels in the blood and this may therefore be predominantly due to the genetic factors of that particular individual. Similarly fat content in a diet may not correlate with cholesterol levels. We know that high fat content and high cholesterol diets in the absence of carbohydrate actually promotes weight loss albeit using a ketogenic mechanism and do not affect cholesterol levels. Previously thought to be bad saturated fats are also under scrutiny. Then comes the issue of Organic vs inorganic... With so much confusion around food types and diets are there any guidelines that seem to hold ground and pass the test of time ?.

As research evolves it does appear that high glycemic index foods, foods rich in carbohydrates may indeed be the bad player and are associated with a higher incidence of obesity and diabetes.

A healthy diet in todays era would therefore entail a good serving of mixed food types including vegetables, fruits, fish, eggs and meats, and a lower serving of low glycemic index carbohydrates with whole grains carbohydrates. A balanced diet would include appropriate portions. The excess salt intake is best avoided for most heart conditions.

Avoid taking salt substitutes if you have kidney disease as potassium salts may prove harmful by raising blood potassium levels and causing heart rhythm blocks and arrest.

Finally a multivitamin daily with minerals may be an appropriate addition to any daily diet.

For specific diet types and information on the various diets please read more...