20 eating habits for a long and healthy life
For more than ten years, Dan Buttner, a traveler and author of the book “Rules of Longevity”, about which I wrote, together with a team of experts, has been studying the “blue zones” of the planet – regions where people more often than elsewhere live up to 100 years and longer. Among these regions are the Greek island of Ikaria, the highlands of Sardinia, the Nikoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, the island of Okinawa in Japan and the Californian city of Loma Linda.
But it’s all about life somewhere far away. Residents of the modern metropolis are now busy with other preparatory matters. Remembering that the crop will only provide soil without weeds, they are primarily trying to eradicate bad eating habits.
The 10 most common bad eating habits
Consuming too much sugar
Experts have found that modern people consume almost 17 teaspoons of sugar daily (and 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men are considered the norm in many countries.
Now almost any product on the supermarket shelf contains sugar (in any form). This is especially true for drinks: sweet soda, supposedly “natural” soft drinks, juices from packages.
Consuming too much salt
Without salt, the human body cannot carry out the necessary physiological processes. But large amounts of salt (more than 1 teaspoon per day) can be harmful.
In modern industry, the situation with salt resembles the situation with sugar. It is present in sufficient (or excessive) amounts in almost any purchased product. If we take into account the fact that a person receives a significant portion of salt from vegetables and fruits, which he consumes daily, and to this add salt from a bag of chips, it becomes clear why the norm of 1 teaspoon can be exceeded in 2, or even 3 times.
It is known that excessive salt intake can lead to malfunctions of the cardiovascular system, kidneys, arteries, and gastrointestinal tract.
Fast carbohydrate stress seizing
In 99% of cases, a person who literally lives at work in the deadline mode does not bite with a portion of broccoli – he seizes the stress with something sweet or “harmful” (a chocolate bar, a piece of pizza or a banal marshmallow, which is hidden in an extreme case in a table every second office worker).
Such carbohydrates cause a sharp jump in blood sugar, activate receptors in the brain that cause dependence on sugar. Also, products such as pizza or a hot dog, eaten in a hurry, are almost instantly converted into fat in the body.
Replacing canned meat and fish
Yes, tin can is fast, but not useful. The point is how much is in the contents of the container, but how much is in it itself. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical compound that is present in the inner lining of cans (with the exception of those packages that have a corresponding mark on the label). As you know, this synthetic estrogen can cause the appearance and development of a whole range of diseases – from diabetes to problems with conception.
The abuse of breakfast cereals
Of course, eaten occasionally eaten, or bread, will not bring harm to health. But contrary to advertising, they won’t bring them closer to the desired image of a person for whom good eating habits are not an empty phrase.
Firstly, such products on an industrial scale are strongly processed, as a result of which they almost completely lose at least some useful properties. Secondly, sugar, candied berries and other unnecessary ingredients that add a fat cross to your dream of a thin waist are often added to cooked breakfasts.
Consumption of large quantities of processed meat products
Not so long ago, WHO included processed meat products (dried, smoked, canned) in the carcinogenic category. Experts equate the harm from the consumption of such delicacies with smoking and alcoholism.
This is not about diets, individually (after a series of relevant tests) selected by a specialist. And about diets that imply global deprivation, which a person “prescribes” in order to achieve some ghostly ideals.
Experts say that self-selected nutrition systems, and the constant presence of the body in a deprivation regime (for example, a complete rejection of carbohydrates and leaning on proteins) will not lead to anything good. In the best case, you will achieve the desired weight values, but you will not be able to hold them for a long time, and you will not only return the lost kilograms, but also gain extra ones. And in the worst, you will undermine your health and have problems with your kidneys, heart, skin, hair, and nails.
Presence of purchased sauces in the diet
Note that fast food cafes rarely offer just a piece of good marbled beef, just a steak of good salmon, or just a salad of cucumbers, tomatoes and celery. The menu will necessarily include an additive in the form of sauce or dressing. Of course, in most cases, this “bonus” will not be homemade.