Smart Food Now

Leveraging health and clinical evidence to guide us in creating healthy food choices and the right exercise to help our mental state and feed our bodies.

Smart Food Now

Smart Food Now is on a mission to both educate you and give you researched options on meal & snack and exercise options.

Linking Mental Health to Bad Eating Habits

What’s the relation between mindful eating and mental health? The first step is, you need to ask the question are you feeling depressed? Are you sad? Are you really stressed out? Are you anxious? Are you feeling angry?

Helping Mental Health with Smart Food Choices

Smart Food Choices and regular exercise will not cure all Mental health issues but can significantly help with dealing with circumstances and situations that give us anxiety and stress.

How to Control LDL or 'Bad' Cholesterol in Your Life

Cholesterol is a very vital part of our biology. We need cholesterol for certain things. We need cholesterol to stabilize cell membranes, to synthesize certain hormones.

Quiz: Do You Understand Oils & Sauces?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
True
False
1

Many supermarket sauces contain high levels of sugar.

Explanation:
Many of the sauces you buy at the supermarket are very high in sugar and sodium. Always check labels before you buy, or make your own sauces at home without adding sugar or salt.
2

A high-fat diet may increase your risk of depression.

Explanation:
Studies have shown that eating a high-fat diet can alter signaling mechanisms in the brain, which may lead to depression symptoms. Eating foods high in trans fats is also linked to decreased serotonin (sometimes called the 'happy chemical') levels. However, research shows that eating a diet high in healthy fats (e.g., avocado, olive oil, seeds) can actually contribute to positive mental health.
3

Flaxseed oil is great for frying foods.

Explanation:
Flaxseed oil is beneficial as it is high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids. However, flaxseed oil is incredibly sensitive to heat and oxidizes quickly, so use it as a salad dressing or in cold dips rather than in cooking.
4

Sauces and oils with monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats raise bad cholesterol (LDL) levels in your blood.

Explanation:
Different types of fat have different effects on your cholesterol levels. Saturated fats and trans fats raise bad cholesterol (LDL) levels in your blood, while monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats can lower them. Since some of these oils may have a lower smoke point, they'll burn at a lower temperature, creating carcinogens (which aren’t great for long-term health) as they oxidize.
5

Foods with carbohydrates provide energy for exercise, but fats don't.

Explanation:
In addition to carbohydrates, fat provides energy for workouts and helps your body absorb vitamins. Look for healthy unsaturated fats (nuts, olive oil, avocado) to fuel your fitness routine.
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Sarah Blunden, P.Dt, CDE, CPT, Professional Dietitian, talks about how to make healthier choices when eating at a coffee shop.

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