New Year, New Diet Habits
Adopt these 4 healthy dietary habits for the new year.
‘Tis the season to make resolutions for a better new year, and diet remains one of the most popular lifestyle changes. But instead of plunging into diet plans that preach unsustainable restriction, it’s better to touch up your menu with easy-to-follow tweaks that can make a big impact on your health. These research-backed diet fixes will make this year a nutritional winner.
Healthy Habit #1: Eat More Plant ProteinIt’s a good idea to think beyond beef for your protein fix. Data of nearly 132,000 people were included in a 2016 study in JAMA Internal Medicine that found that people with higher intakes of plant proteins experienced a lower risk of death, particularly from heart disease, than those with higher intakes of animal proteins, especially in the form of processed red meats.
“This benefit can likely be explained by higher intakes of certain nutrients, fiber and antioxidants that occur when you eat more plant-based proteins,” says Lisa Young, PhD, RD, adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University. Young says it’s not necessary to eschew meat and dairy completely, but she believes lentils, beans, tofu, tempeh, and nuts should play a starring role in your diet.