A popular New Year’s resolution that Americans make is to eat healthy food. Despite being a worthy goal, studies have shown that their diet is anything but healthy. This is because of the lack of certain nutrients.
Having said that, here are 4 nutrients Americans have to get more of:
A 2013 study has revealed that consumption of magnesium will increase a person’s life. Also, it works in 300 metabolic reactions as well as key body functions. Still 45 percent of Americans do not get enough of this nutrient. Some sources include pistachios, almonds, avocados, spinach, bananas, beans, lentils and whole grains.
2: Vitamin C
One our of four Americans aren’t getting enough Vitamin C. Being an antioxidant, it fights the risk of cancer, macular degeneration and heart disease. You can find Vitamin C in peppers, baked potatoes, strawberries, kiwifruit, cantaloupe and tomatoes.
There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. The former slows down digestion while helping you to feel fuller longer. This , in turn, helps in balancing blood sugar. Insoluble fiber helps in digestion and gut health. Nuts, oatmeal, lentils, apples, strawberries, seeds, oranges, carrots, and beans contain soluble fiber. Vegetables such as carrots, beets, leafy greens, cucumber, onion and celery contain insoluble fiber. Whole grains also are a rich source of soluble fiber
4: Vitamin E
This vitamin is a fat-soluble nutrient that acts as an antioxidant. Also, it strengthens the immune and prevents the formation of blood clots. Now, 60 percent of Americans don’t get enough of this nutrient. Hence, sunflower and olive oil, seeds, nuts and cereal grains are good choices.