"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incrediblycomplicated and confusing question of what we humans should eatin order to be maximally healthy."
Those are not my words. They were written by Michael Pollan and appeared in an article he wrote for the NY Times in January of 2007 - ...........Michael Pollan...........
. I would add to that to eat as much natural food as possible - that which is organic, unprocessed, in season, fresh ... you get the point. As has been said, read the labels. In fact, try to buy and eat as much as possible that doesn't have labels - again, fresh vegetables, fruits, wholesome dairy (by that I mean, for example, all yogurt is not created equal - some is loaded with sugar and other additives).
When cooking, keep it simple. Recipes with short ingredient lists are a good way to learn to cook. As BDL suggested, let the food speak - and good, quality ingredients speak the loudest with the clearest message.The World's Healthiest Foods
is a good site to visit. You might want to subscribe to their daily recipe mailing. Every day they'll send you a simple recipe that includes high nutrition foods. Read the information about the various foods in their files, get to know their benefits. Eat with a purpose, not to just fill yourself up.
There is nothing wrong with "unhealthy" foods, butter as an example, which has been on the "hit list" for a long time. Moderation is the solution. On the other hand, not all margerine is loaded with trans fats and other junk. Read the labels
- Earth Balance and Smart Balance are two that break the trans fat rule.
Learn about different foods, and how they effect you. Don't eat food your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. Find trusted sources for quality foods. There's no reason you can't eat well and eat healthy foods, and have to deny yourself taste, flavor, and pleasure.
P.S. Found this thread that contains some good information: http://www.cheftalk.com/forums/food-...g-healthy.html