Good food, like timeless fashion, neednít be complicated. The secret to eating well with minimal effort is to base your diet on simple, whole foods that contain a wide variety of nutrients — and a satisfying range of flavors and textures.
The synergy of nutrients packaged in a single whole food far surpasses anything a single nutrient can offer, says Hana Abdulaziz Feeney, MS, RD, a nutrition counselor at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “If you think one antioxidant is important, think of the hundreds of antioxidants in something as simple as beans. Add in the fiber, and you’ve far exceeded anything you can expect from almost any other food.”
And so it is that by making just three simple food shifts — eating beans more often, emphasizing more healthy fats, and limiting your intake of refined grains in favor of other healthy, complex carbs — you can enjoy an astonishingly wide and powerful range of health benefits. And they can help you drop excess weight, too.