Why we should eat 5 meals a day
The decision what to eat, and how many times per day is not an easy question any more. For every good advice you find on the internet you can find a few bad reviews. So, once more, here are the answers to the most important FAQ regarding healthy diet.
Are apples really that healthy?
Lately, there have been new studies which have shown that apples are not as good as we thought before. Because they are full of sugars, and sugars harm our teeth, apples are obviously not so good for protecting the teeth. On the other side, apples are rich in fibers from both types – soluble and insoluble.
The recommended daily dose of fibers is around 18 grams, and one middle-sized apple contains around 3 grams, just as much as a normal sized meal of brown rice. Apples are also packed with vitamins, so you really want to include them in your diet.
What’s the best breakfast?
Muesli is one of the most famous and advertised breakfast because of the nutritive value. But one new study has shown that 32 out of 50 brands of muesli have too much sugar. It’s refined sugar that is added, the one that is bad for the teeth, weight control and bad for the overall health. If you still decide to choose muesli as your breakfast, make sure you read the label carefully.
The sugar they contain should be “natural”, coming from fruit or not to have any sugar added. Look for natural ingredients. If you don’t like muesli, just go ahead and eat the more traditional breakfast.
Eggs, for example, offer you a fair amount of protein and will make you feel full until lunchtime. Eggs and whole wheat bread are an excellent choice! A glass of fresh squeezed juice will give all the essential vitamins and minerals for the first half of the day.
Five meals a day?
Fruits and vegetables have vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fibers, and at the same time have low-calorie value. That’s why nutritionists recommend 5 meals per day, from which 2 should be only fruits or vegetables.
Some of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables, like vitamin C for example, are best absorbed when taken raw. But vitamins that are fat-soluble (vitamins A, D, E and K) are more efficient and useful if you cook them with a little oil (or any other fat). The antioxidant lycopene, present in tomatoes, is also best absorbed when cooked.