Each culture has its own unique eating and mealtime practices, all of which hold valuable health benefits. From using specific ingredients to changing how food is viewed and presented, here are some of the best tips for dining from around the world, presented by Home Care Assistance of Columbus.
Maximize Nutrition in Every Meal
Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world, and this is believed to be partially due to the Japanese diet. In Japan, low-fat dishes such as sushi provide fiber, protein, and omega-3s. Since fish is a staple in Japan, the people living there enjoy a low-fat alternative to the red meat frequently consumed in America.
Avoid Snacking Between Meals
A traditional diet in the Netherlands is already full of nutrition since people there typically eat salmon and a plate full of vegetables. However, they are especially good at keeping their snacking between meals to a minimum. Although they enjoy coffee and tea between their meals, they will rarely eat more than a single biscuit, which helps them to keep their daily caloric intake low.
Enjoy a Daily Glass of Wine
The French are known for enjoying a rich diet, yet they keep their weight under control by eating and drinking in moderation. One health habit of the French that has major benefits for the heart is enjoying a glass of wine each day. Red wine is especially full of antioxidants that can have cardiovascular benefits.
Switch to Olive Oil
At times, it is impossible to avoid using fats when cooking. But people do have control over the types of fat used. Animal fats tend to be higher in calories while offering little nutrition. In Greece, olive oil is used in dressings and other recipes, and it offers a healthy dose of omega-3s that benefit the heart.
Maintaining a healthy diet can become more challenging with age. If your elderly parent or relative could use help grocery shopping or preparing nutritious meals, call Home Care Assistance at (614) 481-8888. Our hourly and live-in caregivers in Columbus can help with the above tasks, in addition to running errands, providing transportation, and offering companionship. Reach out today. We are here to help.