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We all know that a diet excessive in sugar and fat is not a good idea. Over time, it can lead to an array of life threatening health concerns including high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease. Health care professionals will advise clients to maintain a diet with the appropriate levels of sugar and fat intake. Since the body requires both to function properly, cutting them out entirely is not a workable solution.

Maintaining a healthy intake of both fat and sugar requires some healthy life style changes and choices on the part of the individual. Look for sugar-free options, including sugar-free gum and candy, and choosing from a wide expanding range of sugar-free desserts and other treats. Selecting a suitable sugar substitute for your family requires some careful thought and research on your part. Research has shown that not every artificial sweetener is suitable for everyone, so it is a good idea to understand the differences between them, including some of the more popular products like NutraSweet, Equal, Splenda and Sweet N' Low.

With regard to a healthy level of fat consumption in your diet, again, knowing the facts is very important to achieving the absolute most positive long-term results. Today the big health warning on fat consumption is to stay away from trans fats as much as possible. The most alarming thing to note about trans fats is itsí ability to keep foods fresh for longer and improve the texture and flavour of food. Therefore trans fats are found in a variety of popular food choices including french fries, doughnuts, cookies, pastries and crackers. The best thing you can do to guard your family against consuming too much trans fat is to read the Nutritional Facts label on the products you purchase, and make sure they indicate whether the product is high or low in trans fat. Keep in mind that all labels are not required to include this information in some countries. Some imported foods do not show the level of trans fats in the product. This is particularly prominent sweets from European countries. Many products already contain health conscious messages printed right on the packaging such as "low in saturated fats" or "contains no trans fat".

Because so many of us lead busy lives, it can be a challenge to ensure that everyone in the family is eating a healthy balanced diet. Parents should take care to select low sugar and low fat recipes that appeal to children and teens, and encourage them to make healthy cooking a daily habit. Adults on the run should also take care to stay away from the fast food window, unless they plan to select healthier options. Thankfully, many well known fast food chains are jumping on the healthy choice bandwagon, and some are also considering eliminating trans fat from their menu. Another healthy habit for the entire family is limiting the intake of beverages high in sugar. Instead, stock the refrigerator with sugar-free alternatives.



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