Nutrition is important; we all know this.  Of course, just because we know—and understand—something does not mean it is easy to put it into practice.  We all know that we should drive the speed limit, but most of us probably speed once in a while. We all know we should exercise more or eat fewer sweets and fats, and yet, our lifestyles are probably a little less regimented than this understanding would warrant.

Sure, there is no harm in driving a little faster—some of the time—and there is no harm in having a few extra cookies—some of the time—but when it comes to proper Compare Meal Kit nutrition, it really would benefit most of us to try a little harder.

And here is why:

HEART HEALTH

Put simply:  a low-fat, low-cholesterol, and low-sodium diet can reduce your risk for developing heart disease.  Now, there are good fats and there are bad fats.  Bad fats—the saturated and trans fats—can be found in red meats, coconut oils, palm oils, fried food, margarine, and processed/packaged foods. Fortunately, these are pretty easy to avoid.  On the other hand, four to five servings of fruits and vegetables per day can improve heart health (especially if you continue to eat a few of the saturated or trans fats)

BONE/TEETH HEALTH

You need calcium for strong bones and teeth. Fortunately dairy products—milk, butter, yogurt—are rich in calcium.  Dark green vegetables—broccoli, spinach, kale, bok choy—are also rich in calcium.  For the best natural absorption of calcium, too, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends foods that are also rich in Vitamin D.

ENERGY

Most people lament not having enough energy throughout the day and this can be largely a result of poor diet.  Eating high-fat foods and refined carbohydrates (ie processed foods) leaves you with little nutrition and that means your body cannot provide you with the energy you probably need.  Simply eating more whole grains and more fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, can quickly correct this.

BRAIN HEALTH

You might not realize, though, just how beneficial nutrition is for your brain.  Proper nutrition increases blood flow to your brain and that protects brain cells from developing debilitation conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.  The good news is that dark vegetables (I sense a trend) as well as dark fruits (prunes, blueberries) and nuts can all contribute these nutrients for better brain health.