What should you eat? Well known diets compared
The amount of different dieting plans is vast and makes us think that healthy eating must be difficult and timeconsuming. In fact, it's much simpler and it can be approached from a completely different angle.
Before we continue with explaining what foods and how the foods are being consumed amongst the practicers of ten well known diets, please take a look at the table below.
We have put together a simple example of food groups and diets to show you what is allowed and what is forbidden when it comes to different eating plans.
We have also counted the results to show you what food is the most used in all the healthy diets and what is less used and therefore probably bad for your health. So, What are the differences between ten well known diets?
All the diets shown in this table included vegetables and greens
in their eating plan. Vegetables are part of the proper diet in all of the healthy cultures and nutrition plans including:
healthy diet, low carb diet, low fat diet, mediterranean diet, okinawa diet, paleo diet, raw foodism, slow carb diet, taoist diet, vegan diet etc.
Therefore there is no doubt that vegetables and greens
are good for your health and longlivity.
The same goes with fruits and berries
- the only diet that didn't include fruits and berries in our comparison was slow carb diet
. All of the others consumed them more or less. When it comes to vitamins, fruits and berries have the most important role on your plate in this particular case.
Another important group of foods is nuts and seeds
which were used amongst 8 diets out of 10 we compared. The only diets that didn't include nuts and seeds or the usage was limited was low fat diet
and slow carb diet
. Nuts and seeds is a food group that is most likely to be forgotten when it comes to shopping and eating, but they have an important role in our health. It's where we get healthy fats and proteins.
As you can see from the table more than half of the diets compared didn't include meat
and even less included dairy
products in their eating habits. Therefore it's wise to rethink the portions of meat and diary on your daily menu.
As we can see from the table, healthy eating is not hard to understand and practise. The most important is not to eat processed foods and focus more on vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts and seeds. Balance your grains portions and lower the amount of meat and dairy products. Try to avoid sweets and alcohol - wine is considered to be accepted in many cultures.
What we eat is our own decision and it should stay so. All we care about is that you are informed and considering a move towards healthier living. Take care!
Last update: 2015-10-05 (Y,M,D)