February 22, 2013

February 22, 2013

How to Make Healthy Food Choices
Part 2

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday and we have almost made it through another work week. I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Healthy nutrition should be a goal of everyone but it is especially important for people living with HIV and AIDS. So yesterday I started blogging about how to make healthy food choices that I will finish today.

Figs vs. Cookies

Figs contain potassium and other minerals and are good antioxidants; they may help protect from cancer, diabetes and some infections. Natural sugar makes them taste as sweet as a cookie.

Olive Oil vs. Butter

Olive oil has monounsaturated fat, which is thought to lower "bad" cholesterol and to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Wheat vs. White Pasta

Whole wheat pasta, like whole wheat bread, has soluble fiber, which may help lower cholesterol (it also may make you feel full longer. )

Sweet vs. White Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a better nutritional choice than white potatoes because they have a lower glycemic index, which means the effect on blood sugar is slower. They also contain beta-carotene and Vitamin A.

Brown vs. White Rice

Brown rice contains more fiber and protein than white rice, and has less impact on your blood sugar.

Broiled Salmon vs. Fish Sticks

Fish contains omega-3 fat, which studies show helps prevent high blood pressure, heart attacks and cancer. Choose whole fish fillets with firm, shiny flesh.

Hope these food tips help you live a healthier life and have a beary great Friday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab