There is an undeniable connection between what we eat and our health, and in the U.S. it seems pretty clear that we need to rethink our traditional diets. It’s currently estimated that nearly half of deaths from heart disease, diabetes, and from stroke in the U.S. were tied to diet. On top of that, 69 percent of adult Americans are overweight and 36 percent are obese, not to mention about one out of six children and adolescents are obese.

The average American eats about double the amount of protein they need, two-thirds of which comes from animal sources – and the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) emphasizes a high intake of meat, dairy, fat, sugar as well as refined, processed, and junk foods … so, we’re not exactly setting ourselves up for success here.

With growing information about how different foods are made and a growing knowledge of how these foods affect our bodies, as well as animals and the environment – more people are looking to make “better” choices. But when it comes to deciphering which foods are better, things start to get a little tricky.

New diets and trends in “healthy” eating come about seemingly every day – low carb, low sugar, high protein all come to mind as just a few. We know that we should eat our fruits and vegetables, but there is a…