8 foods a Harvard nutritionist tries to eat almost every day

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Want to eat like a nutrition expert? Some food choices pack an especially big nutritional punch.

Hanful of nuts.
A daily handful of nuts does a body good

As we start a brand new year, think of your kitchen as one big tasty medicine cabinet.

The right foods in the right amounts can protect your heart, keep your blood sugar stable, help you lose weight and allow you to live longer.

Diet makes such a big difference because it’s related to many diseases, said Teresa Fung, an adjunct professor of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a professor of nutrition at Simmons College in Boston.

“Diet has its influence on so many health-related factors all throughout the life cycle — all the way from infancy to elderly years — in almost every system across the body,” Fung told WikiDame.

The Americanf diet is slowly getting better, with people eating a little more fiber, drinking a little less soda and consuming a little less salt, she said. Still, there’s a long way to go.

Processed foods — those made outside the home that come in a box, often with a lot of added sugar and salt — are among the biggest culprits, she finds.

Want to eat like a nutrition expert? Some choices pack an especially big nutritional punch, Fung recently told the Harvard Health Blog. Here are eight foods Fung tries to eat as often as she can:

1. NUTS

High in fiber and protein, and packed with healthy fats, nuts are “wonderful,” Fung said. They’re also a very convenient, portable snack since they’re dry and don’t require refrigeration.