March is nutrition month. We have all heard about the food pyramid and the five food groups. The food pyramid was actually changed to accommodate people who are 50 and older. Metabolism slows as one ages, but the need for certain nutrients increase, therefore nutritional needs change as well. The food groups remain the same, however there is a concentration on brightly colored vegetables and deep-colored fruits because they are filled with more nutrients.
There have been debates on how necessary dairy is to our diets. Researchers have linked high dairy consumption to osteoporosis and certain cancers. The protein myth is something that has also come up. How much protein do we actually need? Research shows that in the U.S. we are actually getting more protein than we need, especially animal proteins. Too much protein can lead to kidney problems. This doesn't mean that you need to give up all your favorite foods. Portion control is key when it comes to nutrition. It's good to be mindful of what you are putting into your body, but don't feel like you need to constantly deprive yourself. That’s why the food pyramid is a very good guide to follow. Here are some other resources and interesting articles: