A nutritious, well-balanced diet is the foundation of good health. Eating in a healthful manner provides our bodies with the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to function properly, to be strong and full of energy, as well be able to fight off disease and infection. Eating the right foods specific to your needs will provide your body with the nourishment it requires to maintain good health.
A Nutritious Well-Balanced Diet
Achieving a nutritious well-balanced diet begins with choosing fresh whole foods over fast, fried and heavily processed foods. Whole foods will provide your body with the nourishment if needs to be strong and to fight off disease. Whereas, some highly processed foods can offer little health benefit if any at all.
Making healthy food choices often begins in the grocery store or food market where learning to identify with the “Ingredients” lists and the “Nutritional Facts” labels on processed food products becomes important. There are many processed foods on the market today that are healthy and offer nutrition; but there are also many products that contain harmful ingredients and processing practices. Researching ingredients and learning more about the foods you are eating will help you to make healthier food choices when shopping.
A well-balanced diet can be challenging and can only be achieved by eating the right amount of servings from the four major food groups or the expanded food groups. For some individuals, calculating calories may also be necessary.
Eating healthy also involves becoming familiar with the essential nutrients your body needs on a daily basis in order to be in optimum health. All foods offer different nutrients, and some far more than others. Learning what foods will offer your diet the most benefit will assist greatly in creating nutritious meal plans. Adding specific foods to someones diet can also help in healing deficiencies and providing aid to ailments.
Developing nutritious well-balanced meal plans and following diets can be challenging, but the many health benefits will be the reward. With the growing number of food intolerances and the high rates of cancer, heart disease and diabetes; there is no time like the present to get our health on the right track through healthy eating.
By: J. Marshall
Food and Nutrition: http://www.foodandnutrition.org/Stone-Soup/August-2013/Whole-Foods-vs-Processed-Foods-Why-less-is-actually-better/
Nutrition MD: http://www.nutritionmd.org/nutrition_tips/nutrition_tips_understand_foods/whole_advantages.html