Vita Craft Health

Staying Fit With Vita Craft
There is increasing evidence that certain foods may help prevent or hinder some types of cancer. While the evidence continues to accumulate, adding these foods to your diet certainly cannot hurt and likely will help.

It is particularly smart diet strategy. Eating many kinds of fruits and vegetables is sound advice from the American Cancer Society on cancer-proofing your diet. Most experts also recommend cutting down on fats and eating healthy amounts of fiber — the same prescription that experts say reduce heart attack risks. Maintaining your foods' natural goodness by cooking them properly only makes good sense.

Worry About the Food, Not the Cookware
Vita Craft cookware's specially engineered designed evenly distributes heat, allowing you to cook your food without burning. The three heat-conducting cores of aluminum between two layers of stainless steel distribute the heat across the bottom and up the sides of the cookware for even, thorough cooking.

Please Pass the Good Health
Every time we plan a meal, we face the challenges of making it taste good and making it nutritious. That can be very tough to do meal after meal. However, research consistently shows a direct correlation between eating habits and diseases.

• A diet high in fiber from fruits, vegetables, and grain reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer.
• A low-fat diet reduces the risk of cancer.
• A diet high in calcium reduces the risks of osteoporosis.
• A low-sodium diet reduces the risk of high blood pressure.

As you can see, it's worth eating right to live a healthier, longer life. So take a moment to review your basic nutrition knowledge. It will definitely pay off.

Food Guide Pyramid
The Food Guide Pyramid shows a range of servings for each major food group. The number of servings that are right for you depends on how many calories you need, which in turn depends on your age, sex, size and how active you are. Almost everyone should have at least the lowest number of servings in the ranges. Many women, older children, teenagers and men need more. The top of the range is for active men and teenage boys. Young children many not need as much food. They can have smaller servings from all groups except milk which they should total 2 servings per day.

Now take a look at the table below. It tells you how many servings of each major food group you need for your calorie level. It also tells you the toal grams of fat recommended for each calorie level; the Dietary Guidelines recommend that Americans limit fat in their diets to 30 percent of calories. This includes the fat in the foods you choose as well as the fat used in cooking or added at the table.

Putting it Into Practice
Knowing the facts is part of the job. Applying them is another. Here are some tips for building a better diet.

• Remember, calorie levels differ for women, children and men - know your level.
• The food label daily values are for a 2,000 or 2,500 calorie diet.
• Crackers, hot-dog buns, pasta and rice are all considered bread.
• Use skim milk and nonfat yogurt to limit fat.
• When preparing pasta from packaged mixes, use only half the butter or margarine suggested.
• Most fruit drinks contain only small amounts of real juice and lots of sugar. Only 100% fruit juices qualify as a serving.
• A serving of meat is approximately the size and thickness of a woman's hand or three to five ounces.
• Two tablespoons of peanut butter is the equivalent of an ounce of meat.
• Limit eating foods high in fat or sugar, such as butter, margarine, gravy, salad dressing, jelly and nuts.

Six Life-Giving Nutrients
No-nonsense nutrients. There are six nutrients found in all foods. They are carbohydrates, protein, lipids (fat), vitamins, minerals and water.

are the primary source of energy. You'll find them in breads, cereals, fruit, vegetables and milk. Carbohydrates are complex (as in starches) and simple (as in sugars).

Proteins help build and repair body tissue. They also supply fuel for energy. The most complete proteins are found in dairy products like milk. Protein is found in any kind of meat, nuts, and eggs. Veal, shrimp, lamb and lobster are especially high in protein.

Lipids or fats are a concentrated source of body fuel — especially for sustained activities. You'll find them concentrated in whole milk foods, in plant oils, butter and margarine. While fat intake should be limited, all of us must have it in our diet to perform a range of essential, bodily functions.

You'll find vitamins in all of the food groups. Vitamins act as catalysts, promoting various, essential chemical reactions in our bodies, such as:
Metabolism, absorption of protein, glucose usage, formation of red blood cells and genetic material, blood clotting, muscle and other tissue formation, healing, and helping maintain central nervous system and the list goes on and on.

There are two basic kinds of vitamins — fat or water soluble. The main difference is that you don't need to eat fat-soluble vitamins everyday. They can be stored in the body. However, you must consume water-soluble vitamins daily.

• Fat-soluble vitamins are vitamin A, D, E, and K.
• Water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C, Thiamine or vitamin B1, Riboflavin or B2, Niacin or B3, vitamin B6, B12, Biotin and Folic Acid.
• It's easy to loose valuable vitamins by cutting or peeling valuable skin on vegetables such as potatoes, or overcooking in water. Try eating vegetables with the skin on and make it a point not to overcook them.

Minerals are found in a wide variety of foods. Inorganic and extremely stable. Minerals also assist in several functions such as bone and teeth formation, regulating fluid balance, and assist with muscle and nerve function.

Water is the final essential nutrient. Water is found in the foods we eat and beverages we drink. A healthy daily intake of water is ten 8 ounce glasses.