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Savor the Flavor

Mar 23, 2016

"Savor the Flavor of Eating Right"

Enjoy Food Traditions and Social Experiences

There is an obvious social component to food. Whether a nightly family dinner, special holiday occasion or social gathering, food often plays a central role.

"Research indicates that family meals promote healthier eating and strengthen family relationships," Gradney says. "Prioritize family meals and enjoy the food traditions that accompany any type of social gathering."

Appreciate Foods Pleasures and Flavors

Take time to appreciate the flavors, textures and overall eating experience. In today's busy world, we often eat quickly and mindlessly. Instead, try following this tip to help you savor the flavor of your food: Eat slowly.

"Eat one bite at a time, and focus on the different flavors and textures," Gradney says. "Stop and take time between bites. Eating slowly not only allows you to enjoy your food, but it can also help you eat less by giving your stomach time to tell your brain that you are full."

Develop a Mindful Eating Pattern

How, when, why and where you eat are just as important as what you eat. Being a mindful eater can help you reset both your body and your mind and lead to an overall healthier lifestyle.

"Think about where you eat the majority of your meals," Gradney says. "Many eat lunch at their desks or dinner in front of the television. Take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to find a nice place to mindfully eat instead of multitasking through your meals."

Consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

"A healthy lifestyle is much more than choosing to eat more fruits and vegetables," Gradney says. "It's also essential to make informed food choices based on your individual health and nutrient needs. A registered dietitian nutritionist can educate you and guide your food choices while keeping your tastes and preferences in mind. RDNs are able to separate facts from fads and translate nutritional science into information you can use.

"Savor the Flavor of Eating Right"

Discover new and exciting tastes while trimming fat and sodium from your cooking. For National Nutrition Month®, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to experiment with new combinations of herbs and spices as you "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right."

Herbs VS. Spices

"Herbs, like basil and oregano, grow in temperate climates and are the fragrant leaves of plants. Spices, like cumin and paprika, grow in tropical areas and come from the bark, buds, fruit, roots, seeds and stems of plants and trees."

Mills offers a top ten list of popular ethnic cuisines and the flavors associated with them:

* China: Low-sodium soy sauce, rice wine, ginger

* France: Thyme, rosemary, sage, marjoram, lavender, tomato

* Greece: Olive oil, lemon, oregano

* Hungary: Onion, paprika

* India: Curry, cumin, ginger, garlic

* Italy: Tomato, olive oil, garlic, basil, marjoram

* Mexico: Tomato, chili, paprika

* Middle East: Olive oil, lemon, parsley

* Morocco/North Africa: Cinnamon, cumin, coriander, ginger

* West Africa: Tomato, peanut, chili.