Deciding if a food is “worth eating” depends on a few factors
What you eat should be based on personal health goals and taste preferences, not just how many calories there are in something. According to Malina Malkani, MS, RDN, CDN, media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, if weight maintenance or loss is a goal, then staying within an appropriate calorie range is important. “But even in a well-balanced and proportioned daily diet, there is certainly room to enjoy favorite treats, high-calorie or otherwise,” she says. Balancing both an appropriate calorie range and nutrient needs for overall health is a delicate dance. Ali Webster, PhD, RD, associate director of nutrition communications for the International Food Information Council Foundation, adds that people should look at the context of their entire diet to make the best choices. Here are some healthy foods you shouldn’t be afraid to eat because of the calories.
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