11 Top Food Tips To Enhance Your Health

Scientific research has uncovered several solid relationships between what we eat and our health. To guide us in making healthful food choices, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permits health claims about these relationships to appear on some food packages. Only foods meeting strict criteria may use a health claim on their package, but not all foods meeting the criteria opt to list this information. The following are 11 relationships between diet and disease prevention you may read about on food packages:

  1. A calcium-rich diet helps maintain bone health and may reduce risk of Osteoporosis.
  2. Limiting the amount of sodium you eat may reduce risk for high blood pressure.
  3. Limiting the total amount of fat in your diet may help reduce your long- term risk for some types of cancer.
  4. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may help reduce risk of heart disease.
  5. Diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may reduce risk for some types of cancer.
  6. Eating fruits, vegetables, and grain products that contain soluble fiber may reduce risk of heart disease.
  7. Eating fruits and vegetables that contain dietary fiber, vitamin A, or vitamin C may reduce risk of some types of cancer.
  8. Consuming adequate folate may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord defect.
  9. Sugar alcohols (such as xylitol, sorbitol, or mannitol) do not promote tooth decay.
  10. Soluble fiber from whole oats may reduce risk of heart disease.
  11. Soluble fiber from psyllium may reduce risk of heart disease.