Marion Nestle is an increasingly well-known nutrition professor at New York University. One of her books, What to Eat, is an invaluable resource for eating healthfully and simply.
I especially appreciate her clarity and brevity because of the clutter of conflicting nutritional advice, advice that seems to change on a daily basis.
One day eggs are bad for you; the next day they are a good source of protein. One day tomatoes are the anti-oxidant food of choice; the next day it is blueberries. One advisor says fruits and vegetables should be organic to preserve their nutritional value and avoid chemicals; an alternative point-of-view is that fruits and vegetables that are peeled need not be organic.
One article says we should consume primarily whole wheat grains; another article raves about the nutritional value of quinoa. Another writer says molasses is a good source of sweetening; another point-of-view is that honey is the best sweetener.
Amid these divergent perspectives, Marion Nestle gives three basic and simple rules to guide our choices in eating:
- Consume mostly fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Avoid junk food
- Do not overeat
These are three rules I can remember and absorb. Are they helpful to you?