America Can Get Healthier, But Only If Heathy Foods Don't Taste Like Cardboard And Old Pennies

If we're trying to make America healthier, we should probably approach the problem in a way that might actually work. Everyone generally understands that eating healthier is better, but focusing solely on the general rightness of healthy foods isn't going to do much.

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Dr. Steven Masley: So I'm a physician, a nutritionist and a trained chef. If you want people to eat healthy food, it has to taste good. It has to meet their palette needs. So, when you're looking at, I'm trying to find out specific foods that are nutrient rich that you might enjoy.

So, what will it take to get me to get you to eat food more often? It's about finding what you enjoy that tastes delicious, it's easy to prepare, you can find the ingredients in a local grocery store. I mean, essentially that's why I went back to the Four Seasons and did a chef internship. I wanted to make it easy and fun for you to add healthy food.

So, for me when I think of adding food, we're going to add, number one, fiber not in breakfast cereal, I think of flour and sugar in the same thing. So, I'm looking at adding fiber, as in vegetables, fruit, beans, and nuts and getting 30 grams a day and it's pretty easy to do, if you actually show people how. The biggest bang we're going to get for any effort, the return on lowering healthcare costs, on better brain performance, on less sick days is adding fiber. So, it should and is number one, but most people don't emphasize it.

Number two is about lean and clean protein. Many people eat junk, it's mean protein. It's anything but lean and clean. So, lean and clean, like wild seafood, free range organic poultry. If you're eating a steak it should be grass fed organic. I mean some things are simple, but people don't get that their protein is hormone and pesticide enriched and it makes them sick.

And then three is healthy fat. It's certainly not a low fat diet, it's about adding healthy fats. So, using more olive oil of course, hello and then nuts, and avocados, and seafood. Those are healthy fats and we eat more of them and I like people to cook with nut oils as well. So avocado oil, nut oil, and olive oil, those are the oils I have people cook with. So, when I give them those and their food tastes great, it's easy.

The fourth food is beneficial beverages. You have to be really specific about what you drink. Of people who are really overweight, have major health problems, they get 20-35% of their calories from what they drink. That's, that is, it just makes no sense but they're caught up in these super sugary drinks. So, more water. Yes, you can have a cup or two of coffee, it's great for your health, but limit it at that. Green tea is fabulous. I love to start the day with a protein smoothie. I want to transform America with a protein smoothie in the morning. You know, easy! Two minutes! You add a scoop of protein, almond milk, one cup of berries, a little shot of like, chia seed. It's two minutes, you're done, you're out the door. It's awesome, you feel great. It improves your job and brain performance all day.

And the fifth group, this is a surprise, fabulous flavors. Your food has to taste awesome or you're not going to eat it. So, we need more flavor if we're going to change the way Americans eat and here's the thing, your brain is biochemically attracted to flavor. So, Italian spices, curry spices, chilly spices, they taste good, they smell good because we have a biochemical affinity. They slow aging, they decrease inflammation, they raise your metabolism for weight loss and then don't forget, you have to have dark chocolate every day. It's a critical component to have one ounce, 28 grams, of 70% cocoa. When I say dark we're not talking milk chocolate.

When I give those people those five foods, it makes it easy to add them. We have enormous success in transforming eating with foods, they can, you know I help them pick. Of these, which foods do you love that you could eat more of? Well that's an easy sell.

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This video stars Dr. Steven Masley and was created by Big Think.

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Jun 02, 2014

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