We are what we eat and drink
We all need calories every day for survival. However, eating and drinking too many calories harms our health. It is important to follow a few simple guidelines when choosing what to eat and drink. For example, foods with a high fiber content are generally healthier for you. Also, we know that it takes twice as much energy to metabolize (or process) protein as it does for carbohydrates, and protein makes you feel full longer. All fats are 9 calories per gram, but there are some fats that are good for you and some that are not. For example, omega-3 fats are good for your heart while trans-fats will clog your arteries. Calories from added sugar are different from other calories. These include honey, syrup and high fructose corn syrup. Too much added sugar in foods and drinks may lead to diabetes, heart disease, and fatty liver disease. In fact, drinking just one sugary drink (such as soda or fruit juice) each day increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by 29%.
Mexicans are unaware of how many calories they consume
Current advice is for women to consume between 1,600 and 2,000 calories per day, while men should consume between 2,000 and 2,500 calories. This amount can change depending on your level of physical activity. For example, the more physically active you are, the more calories you can consume (without going over the limits). In Mexico, the National Health and Nutrition Survey suggests that 78.6% of Mexican adults do not know how many calories they should consume per day. In addition, Mexico is the country that buys the most calories per day, with an average of 1,928 calories per person. To compare, the average American buys only 765 calories per day. In the study, they found that 40% of the calories purchased in Mexico come from industrialized bread.
Eat better food
In addition to contributing to obesity and overweight, foods and drinks with empty calories from sugar (such as many ultra-processed foods like cake and fried food) should be avoided during this global pandemic. This is because what we eat and drink can affect our body’s ability to prevent, fight, and recover from illness. Buying less calories will also save you money. One way to eat more healthy calories is to replace processed foods with fresh vegetables and healthy fats like avocados and nuts.
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