Monday, January 19, 2015
What the World's Healthiest Diets Have in Common!
When Harley Pasternak traveled to the healthiest countries on the planet to look at their diets, he was looking for one thing: What do all these diets have in common? Pasternak, an author and nutritionist, was looking for the answer to the question his client always asked, "What's the healthiest way to eat?"
In general, he found that the healthiest people ate much smaller portions than Americans and much less processed foods. They ate less and they ate real foods. But what they actually ate varied greatly. There was no common super food or type of diet.
But here's what Pasternak had to say about what he did find in common in all of these places: "The only overlapping feature in most of these healthy countries around the world is that they all walk way more than the average American. So, really, regardless of what you're eating, if someone's walking four miles more than you each day, they're going to be a lot thinner and live a lot longer than you."
So, yeah, eat less and eat real food, not processed food. But, if health is what your looking for, get moving! Build a habit of a daily walk if you're not already doing that. It just may be the missing "ingredient" in your diet.
Ken Hicks, D.C.
As a side note: My favorite book on what to eat to be healthy is Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food.