In honor of National Nutrition Month, let's revisit how top nutrition influencers have defined healthy eating.
-- Dr. David Katz, Director and founder of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
"Eat your veggies, vary the foods you eat, don't gorge, and enjoy what you eat."
-- Marion Nestle, a world renowned nutrition expert
“The evidence that plants promote health is overwhelming. You eat more plants, less other stuff, you live longer and healthier lives. Period.”
-- Mark Bittman, a food journalist and author
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
-- Michael Pollan, a food journalist, author and activist
Food is defined as “any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.”
As I once heard Mark Bittman say, soda is not a food. So called health bars that have the same nutrition profile of Snickers are not food. Anything, including yogurt, that gets more than 50% of its calories from sugar is not food. A chip, whole grain or otherwise, that gets 90% of its calories from chemically extracted oils is not food.
This is not to say that we should feel guilty about grabbing an occasional bag of chips or a snack bar, but these treats should be saved for special occasions. Eat food first and foremost.
Need a boost to help you include more vegetables in your diet? Check out the 1-2-3 Rule and “How to eat plant foods in spite of GI issues.”