Healthy Food Choices Critical Even If You Exercise

Friday, 24 May 2013 08:33 AM

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Do you remember the cigarette ad "I'd walk a mile for a Camel"? Well, for those of you who don't or who can't believe such an ad actually existed to sell cigarettes, we're glad to say we've come a long way, baby!

Nowadays, some menus tell you how many minutes you have to walk to burn off your meal. And the info produces pretty good results: Most people who see what it takes will order lower-calorie foods. (It takes two hours for a burger; another two for fries. Add sugary soda? We won't even go there!)
 
But two hours spent walking does more than burn calories; it builds muscle and improves heart health, respiration, appetite control and cognition. So let's see menu info on the power of walking 10,000 steps a day!
 
And - this is a biggie - walking off a burger doesn't negate the risks that come from eating it. Red meat increases bodywide inflammation, cardiovascular damage and cognitive decline.

Order fish (grilled, never fried) or a veggie burger. So we say: Post info on saturated fat and cholesterol for each menu item, too!
 
In the meantime, when you read the menu, remember:
 
1. Don't order anything that's fried.
 
2. Watch out for calories and fat in salad dressings, sauces and dips.
 
3. Say "no" to sugary beverages.
 
4. And whether you're inclined to eat a burger or not, aim for at least 30 minutes of daily activity. Walk that mile for a longer, healthier life.

© King Features Syndicate

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