The suggested foundation for a healthy diet is eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grain products, fat-free and low-fat milk products, fish, legumes (beans) and lean meats including skinless poultry. Fats and oils such as canola oil and olive oil with 2 grams or less of saturated fat per tablespoon are recommended, as is restricting intake of sodium (salt). Energy dense, low nutrition foods such as fried food products, carbonated drinks and confectionaries high in sugars, and alcoholic drinks should also be avoided.
To prevent weight gain and maintain body weight, the amount of calories taken into the body should be balanced by calories expended out. This involves around 30 minutes a day of walking or other physical activities of your preference within your ability and comfort zone. If you wish to lose weight, increase the amount of daily exercise so that you burn more calories than you consume per day.
The benefits of establishing a healthy lifestyle plan, which includes nutritious low fat foods and regular exercise, are well documented. You may reduce, or manage more effectively, the risk factors of cardiovascular disease such as high blood cholesterol, obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes and live a longer, healthier life.
(Please note, the information presented throughout this website regarding diet and nutrition is not a substitution for medical advice or therapy, and we strongly recommend all consumers adopt a sensible, proactive approach to their health and seek consultation with a qualified health care professional with regard to healthy lifestyle choice and use of plant sterol and stanol products.)