So, you want to eat clean? It can be tough to know what healthy eating really looks like when there is so much conflicting information out there! Today, we are launching a new graphic to clear up some of the myths about clean eating and healthy eating.
What does clean eating look like?
Healthy eating involves eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
It also means including low- and non-fat dairy, skinless poultry, fish, beans and legumes, nontropical vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds.
At the same time, you want to watch for and limit salt and sodium, added sugar, sugary drinks, sweets, and fatty or processed meats (choose lean or extra-lean meats instead).
Clearing Up Confusion About Eating Clean
Pretty straightforward, right? Perhaps not. There are many different myths that float around when people talk about clean eating.
For instance, does a healthy diet include frozen, canned, and dried produce, as well as fresh? And, are all processed foods bad and full of chemicals?
The answers to these questions might surprise you:
A healthy diet can include veggies with less sodium, and canned fruit with less sugar.
- You just want to make sure to select lower-sodium canned veggies, and fruit canned in water or 100% juice.
- Choose frozen and dried fruits and veggies without salty sauces or sugary syrups.
And, most foods you see at the grocery store have been processed in some way. Think: baby carrots, whole grain bread, plain yogurt, or chopped nuts. Processed foods that don’t have added sugar or sodium can be a part of a healthy diet.
Are food labeled “natural” good for you? Interestingly, there is no official definition for the term “natural.” But, you can bring out the natural flavors in foods by using healthier cooking methods like grilling, braising, roasting, searing, and sautéing. And, you can add flavor with herbs, spices, black pepper, and citrus juices instead of sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats.
But what about the ingredients on the label? Even if you recognize the ingredients on the food label, the food may still have too much sodium sugars, and unhealthy fats. So, prepare food at home to control what is added.
And, when it comes to grocery shopping, does it matter which aisle you walk down? You may have been told to avoid the middle aisles of the grocery store, but there are many foods throughout the store that can be a part of a healthy eating pattern. If you need a little help when shopping, compare food nutrition labels on foods.
We hope you are ready to eat clean and eat healthy! And, we hope you refer to our full infographic whenever you need to clear up confusion about clean eating.