July 2012

If you are concerned about your health, keep away from processed food

Processed foods are to blame for the sharp rise in obesity levels and chronic disease around the globe, according to the World Health Organization. Such foods are often high in saturated fats, sugar and salt. Eating more fruit and vegetables and exercising more is the best way to protect against chronic disease. In addition to eating a healthy balanced diet you are best limiting your intake of salt, sugar and saturated fats.

According to a report published recently on the subject, the key recommendations for a healthy diet are:

– carbohydrates should account for between 55% and 75% of diet
– free sugars should remain beneath 10%
– protein should make up between 10% and 15%
– fat should be limited to between 15% and 30% and saturated fat should be less than 10% of this total
– salt should be restricted to less than five grams a day
– intake of fruit and vegetables should be in the region of 400 grams a day.
– physical activity is an important part of staying healthy.

So if you like your burgers, you may wish to think again.