Here are 55 nutrition facts to help you improve your health and lose weight.
1. Dark chocolate is actually good for you due to its high concentration of antioxidants. Over 70% cocoa content is recommended.
2. The first step to a healthy diet is to get rid of all the bad foods in your kitchen.
3. Alcohol delays fat burning because alcohol calories “jump to the front of the line” and get processed before fat calories.
4. Black coffee contains 2-8 calories. An Eggnog Latte from Starbucks has 470 calories and 21 grams of fat.
5. Wild rice and brown rice are not the same thing. In fact, wild rice is not really a rice at all.
6. The best time to eat carbs, if you’re trying to lose weight, is during the evening or after an intense strength training workout.
7. Asparagus isn’t just tasty and crunchy, but also has one nasty side-effect: it gives your urine an unpleasant smell.
8. Vegans do not eat honey because it’s considered an animal product.
9. Protein is good for weight loss because it reduces hunger and gives your metabolism a boost.
10. Many processed foods are very low in fiber because it shortens their shelf-life.
11. Eating slowly may make it easier for you to lose weight. You will enjoy your food more and feel fuller faster.
12. Starving yourself to lose weight is a bad idea. It can make your metabolism very slow.
13. Eating 5 – 6 meals per day may reduce cravings and hunger in some people, but not in everyone.
14. Eating 5 – 6 meals per day does NOT increase your metabolism.
15. Eating nuts may actually make you lose weight. Even though nuts are high in fat, they are also very filling, so eating them can result in lower hunger.
16. Nuts may reduce risk of various coronary diseases and lower bad cholesterol.
17. Apples contain a number of vitamins and a host of minerals. They are also rich in antioxidants.
18. Raisins are one of the best sources of Boron, an element which is important for the long term health of our bones.
19. Cinnamon may help you lose weight because it helps regulate your blood sugar level and improve insulin sensitivity.
20. A Big Mac contains 540 calories, over a quarter of the daily recommended calorie intake for women.
21. Not all fat is bad for you. In fact, your body must have fat to function properly.
22. You can get vitamin D from various food sources, but the best way is to get sufficient sun exposure and your body will produce it.
23. A single cup of kale will provide you with 90% of the vitamin C you need a day.
24. The healthier foods in the supermarket will likely be found in the perimeter of the store.
25. Acai berries do NOT help you lose weight, but they are an excellent source of antioxidants.
26. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water each day, more if you workout or you’re bigger than the average person.
27. Stress is connected to the desire to eat more high fat, high sugar foods.
28. The average American drinks 44.7 gallons of soda each year, the equivalent of 487 cans.
29. Hara Hachi Bu which means eating until you’re 80% full and no more is believed to be one of the reasons why people in Okinawa live longer than people in nearly all other places on Earth.
30. Eating potassium rich foods may help control high blood pressure because it counteracts the effects of sodium.
31. Beans, nuts, seeds, and almonds are some of the best protein sources for vegans.
32. It takes about 15 – 20 minutes for your body to register that it has been adequately fed.
33. Fat contains 9 calories per gram, alcohol 7, while protein and carbs contain just 4.
34. Eating cruciferous vegetables helps your body fight xenoestrogens which are pollutants that encourage abdominal fat storage.
35. Green and black tea do provide a slight increase in fat burning. However, this increase is not significant enough to justify claims of tea as a miracle fat burner.
36. Omega 3-fatty acids, the kind found in many fish oil supplements, may improve your mood and even be powerful enough to treat certain cases of depression.
37. In 2006, Americans males spent 83.9 minutes eating each day, while women spent 81.4 minutes.
38. The average adult American eats 15 grams of fiber each day, while the recommended daily intake is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.
39. There are two types of dietary fiber: soluble, meaning that it partially dissolves in water and insoluble, which is mostly not digested. Both kinds have significant health benefits.
40. About 30 million Americans are lactose intolerant.
41. It is possible to eat what you want and lose weight, but it may not be the healthy choice.
42. Denmark was the first country to enact laws that severely limit trans-fat in food. Other countries have since followed suit.
43. Milk is a processed food because it has been pasteurized. Fortified orange juice is another.
44. A healthy liver can process about an ounce of pure alcohol in an hour.
45. Low carb dieting may lead to a dangerous condition known as Ketosis. One symptom is a change in a person’s breath.
46. Sugar-free foods may still make you gain weight. The same goes for fat-free foods.
47. Eating negative calorie foods is not a miracle way to lose weight.
48. Americans often underestimate their total calorie intake by about 25%.
49. Having a cheat day can help reduce hunger by increasing levels of the hormone Leptin.
50. Eating at night isn’t likely to make you fat unless you eat too much overall.
51. The best time to eat after a workout is up to two hours after you finish it.
52. Not all energy bars are healthy. Some are rich in sugar and calories.
53. Healthy food does not have to be expensive. In fact, it may be cheaper than processed food.
54. Putting cream in your coffee adds 52 calories to each cup.
55. Avocado is one of the best sources of healthy dietary fat. Olive oil is another.