Making smart eating choices can be a daily challenge for everyone. Busy schedules, meal planning and timing, work and travel demands ... sometimes it's just hard to focus on eating what's right over what's easily available.
Healthy eating is important from the time you are born, throughout your entire life. Your diet, even at a young age, can have lasting health consequences. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, children who suffer from childhood obesity are more likely to be obese as adults. Later in life, these overweight or obese people are at a higher risk for a myriad of diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and osteoarthritis. Because of these health risks, it is important to maintain a healthy diet throughout your life.
Lean protein is the way to go for healthy eating, according to the USDA. Fatty protein sources, like regular ground beef or hot dogs, can contribute to high LDL, or "bad," cholesterol levels. High levels of fat in your diet could also cause you to consume more calories than you really need. Instead, choose lean protein sources such as chicken, lean ground beef, fish, nuts, and plant-based proteins to fulfill your body's protein requirements.