Healthy Eating Healthier Research Paper

There are a lot of changes that I can make to eat healthier. The nutrients I chose to change were increasing fiber and protein, and decreasing sugar, sodium, and cholesterol.
My fiber intake was less than ½ the amount that it should be. I found a bunch of different ways to increase fiber throughout the day. For breakfast, choosing to eat cereal, especially high fiber cereal is one change I can make. Another change is making sure to get whole grain bread if having a toast or a sandwich. Fruits and vegetables are also a good source of fiber, apples, baby carrots, and broccoli are among the top three. Adding beans like pinto or kidney beans to a salad can not only help increase fiber intake, but they can also help lower cholesterol. Although most of the fiber intake will be from meals, eating high-fiber snacks such as dried fruit or even popcorn can help increase fiber. Another nutrient that I need to increase is protein. Protein is important in helping you feel more full and helps reduce cravings for other unhealthy foods. Although
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Sodium found a lot in preserved food, so eating fresh foods, especially fresh fruits and veggies, can help decrease sodium. An obvious way to decrease sodium is to not add salt to foods. Something that is less known that will decrease sodium is to choose condiments carefully. Comparing different brands of food can also help decrease sodium levels before buying. The last nutrient that I chose to look at decreasing is cholesterol. High cholesterol can lead to heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. There is a lot of different food that decrease cholesterol. For breakfast, eating oats, nuts, and tea would help. Another way to decrease cholesterol would be eating lean meat like salmon, or getting protein from food like black, kidney, or pinto beans. Vegetables can also help to decrease cholesterol, especially spinach and

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