At Better Health Advisors, we speak to experts to stay up to date on the latest research and science so that we can provide you with the best advice. Recently, we spoke to nutritionist Pamela Bonney, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, of Tried and True Nutrition to get an expert's opinion on nutrition. “The best advice I can give,” said Bonney, “is to find the nutrition plan that works for you. And the best way to do that is to consult with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for your personalized nutrition evaluation and healthy eating plan to help you achieve optimal nutrition and health outcomes.”
In addition to seeing a nutritionist, here are our top 6 nutrition tips to stay happy and healthy:
- Check the source of research. It is hard to know what to trust. It seems like almost every day a new study comes out contradicting the results of previous studies. Beware of conflicts of interest that may arise when a study is funded by a company invested in the food industry, and check to see if the author has ties to special interest groups.
- Beware of new diets and trends. You may have recently heard of the ketogenic diet. While this diet may work for some, it may not be right for your specific health needs.
- Take advantage of technology. Various apps and wearables can help you track your food and drink intake and get a better understanding of your overall nutrition.
- Vitamins are your friends. While vitamins are certainly not a substitute for fruits and vegetables, they can help supplement areas in which you may be deficient. Don’t feel you need to splurge on vitamins— you can get great vitamins for just cents a day.
- Watch out for added-in sugar. Added sugar is a widespread culprit. One study found that 74% of manufactured foods have added sugar. Sugar may also be disguised under other names such as high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, rice syrup and dextrose.
- Go organic when possible. While the verdict is still out regarding the health benefits of eating organic, a recent study found that eating organic foods is associated with a reduction in cancer risk.
At Better Health Advisors we take a comprehensive approach, maximizing your nutrition, no matter your health status. For more information and tips on staying healthy, contact Better Health Advisors.