From consuming less sugar to eating more vegetables, there is nutrition information that experts agree is healthful and helpful. Here are 10 expert-confirmed nutrition facts.

There is a lot of controversy in nutrition and it often seems like people can’t agree on anything.

But there are a few exceptions to this.

Here are the top 10 nutrition facts that everyone actually agrees on (well, almost everyone…).

Omega-3 fatty acids are extremely important for the proper functioning of the human body.

For example, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid derived from animals, makes up about 10–20% of the total fat content in the brain (7).

A low intake of omega-3 is associated with a lower IQ, depression, various mental disorders, heart disease and many other serious diseases (8).

There are three main types of omega-3 fats: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

ALA comes mostly from plant oils, while the best sources of EPA and DHA are fatty fish, fish oils and certain algal oils. Other good sources of EPA and DHA are grass-fed meat and omega-3 enriched or pastured eggs.

The plant form, ALA, needs to be transformed into DHA or EPA to function correctly in the human body. However, this conversion process is inefficient in humans (9).

Therefore, it is best to eat plenty of foods high in DHA and EPA.

Summary A large
part of the population is not getting enough omega-3 fats from their diet.
Avoiding a deficiency in these essential fatty acids may help prevent many
diseases.

Vegetables are good for you.

They are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and an endless variety of trace nutrients that science has just begun to uncover.

In observational studies, eating vegetables is associated with improved health and a lower risk of disease (13, 14, 15).

I recommend that you eat a variety of vegetables each day. They are healthy, fulfilling and add variety to your diet.

Summary Vegetables
are rich in all sorts of nutrients. Eating vegetables each day is associated
with improved health and a lower risk of disease.