Three simple rules for good eating @eatingrules

September 1, 2011


The Eating Rules

Enjoy this blog which opens with a warm welcome from its author:

“My name is Andrew Wilder, and I think Eating Rules! I write about three of them, and everything in between. Sure, health and nutrition information is complicated — but eating delicious, healthful food doesn’t have to be.”

Health and nutrition information is complicated.  Eating healthfully doesn’t have to be.”

“Nutrition is a quickly evolving field, and new studies are coming out all the time.  If you’re not an expert, or aren’t inherently fascinated by the topic, it can get a bit overwhelming.”

“Where do you start?  How do you eat better?  How do you know that the choices you’re making are actually good for you?”

“We need to boil it down to the essentials.  What’s the really important stuff?”

  1. When you eat grains, eat only 100% whole grains.
  2. Don’t eat high fructose corn syrup.
  3. Don’t eat hydrogenated oils, trans fats, or anything that’s been deep-fried.

Here you can find advice, observations, and cautions. There is a helpful illustration of how to read a nutrition facts panel. Think about it – the nutritional facts panel is one of the most beautiful pieces of design – it offers a clear hierarchy, easy legibility, useful information, a layout that is concise, easy to reproduce, and is adopted universally by food manufacturers. Any food product you encounter on the shelves, you look for the fat breakdown or the sodium or calories before cost per ounce. You do. I’ve seen you. I do it, too. When the recognizable panel is absent, nutrition information presented in a random series of letters and numbers without the predictable formula, and there is a doubt cast upon the product. I put it back and look for the panel which reassures me. Life made better by design!

Edward Tufte taught me about the eloquence of information design. Check him out.

Look for Menu Mondays articles on according to Andrew “Menu Mondays are my recommendations for the most healthful options at chain restaurants. Although it may be tough to find “perfect” options when eating out, it’s important to choose “better” whenever possible, and I hope these guides will help make that easier for you.”

Kudos to Andrew!


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