Nutrition misinformation dangerous to health

Elizabeth S. Reames, Claesgens, Mark A.  |  3/4/2008 9:10:08 PM

News Release Distributed 02/27/08

Food and nutrition misinformation can have harmful effects on your health and well-being, as well as your wallet. That’s why the theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month observed in March is "Nutrition: It’s a Matter of Fact."

Sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association, nutrition month reminds consumers this year to focus on the total balance of foods consumed, rather than any one food or meal.

A nutritious eating plan helps you maintain a healthy weight and may help protect you from health problems such as heart disease and cancer later in life, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.

“Select foods and beverages to meet your energy needs and to control calories, total fat, cholesterol, sodium, sugars and, if consumed, alcoholic beverages,” Reames says. She advises choosing a variety of foods from the MyPyramid food groups and consuming appropriate portion sizes.

The nutritionist recommends four steps to get you started and keep you going:

– Be adventurous and expand your horizons by trying a variety of foods. Variety is the “spice of life” in your food choices and is key to good nutrition and health. Choose foods based on flavor, texture and colors that are tasty and healthy.

– Choose foods sensibly by looking at the big picture; it’s what you eat over several days, not just one meal or day that counts. So enjoy all your favorite foods, just try eating them in moderate amounts.

– Maintain a healthy weight. Managing your weight plays a vital role in achieving and maintaining good health and quality of life. Carrying excess weight may put you at greater risk for health problems. Healthy eating and regular physical activity make it easier to achieve lifelong weight management and long–term health.

– Balance your food choices with your physical activities to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Be creative and enjoy a variety of ways to stay active to feel your best. There’s no need for expensive equipment or complicated fitness programs. Start by making a list of physical activities that fit into your lifestyle and schedule one of those activities every day.

For additional information about eating healthfully using MyPyramid, contact the LSU AgCenter extension agent in your parish. View more information about the Dietary Guidelines and the MyPyramid food guidance system.


Contact: Beth Reames (225) 578-3929 or

Editor: Mark Claesgens (225) 578-2939 or

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