A Healthy Diet -Hayden Morse

Why Is A Healthy Diet Important?

A healthy diet is important because it supports you with an array of nutrients, and helps to structure your body. Without a healthy diet, your body may...

  • Be Deprived of Nutrients
  • Develop a Chronic Disease
  • Gain Extra Pounds
  • Fall into a Domino Effect from Diabetes (Explained Below)

Obesity increases your risk of developing a host of health problems including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, sleep apnea, diseases of the liver and gallbladder, and osteoarthritis

What Constitutes a Healthy Diet?

  • According to the USDA, we should consume at least 3 ounces of whole grains per day. A whole grain, unlike refined grains, still has the bran and the germ attached.
  • Most health departments throughout the world recommend that we consume five portions of fruit and vegetables each day. This could include either fresh, frozen or canned, or dried fruit and vegetables. A portion is one large fruit, such as an apple, mango, or a banana, or three heaped tablespoons of vegetables. It could also include one glass of 100% fruit or vegetable juice.
  • We need protein for the building and repairing of tissue in our body. Protein-rich foods also include essential minerals, such as iron, magnesium, zinc, as well as B vitamins. Proteins should make up about 20 to 25 percent of our nutritional intake.
  • Although butter, cream and even sometimes eggs are often classed as dairy products, in nutrition they are more frequently placed in the protein (eggs) or fat & sugar category. Dairy products are a good source of calcium which is important for healthy bones and teeth. Dairy products include milk, yogurts, cheese, and some soy dairy products. Nutritionists say we should aim for low fat dairy products.

Why Should You Switch to a Healthy Diet?

Switching to a healthy diet has many beneficial results, both physically and mentally. Multiple in the top 10 Causes for death list by the C.D.C. could have been helped by a healthier Diet.

  • Taking the Lead for the cause of most deaths in the US is Heart Disease, taking 23.4% (614,348) of the Deaths in the U.S. in the year of 2016
  • Strokes take 5th (133,103) on the list, which may not seem like it, but you can better protect yourself from them if you eat healthier.
  • Diabetes is then 7th (76,488) on the list, Type 2 is because of eating poorly.

How can eating healthy diet affect my ability to live a healthy and balanced life?

  • Americans whose dietary patterns include fresh, whole foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lean meats, and fish have a lower incidence of major chronic disease and especially of diet-related diseases.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hunger negatively impacts children's academic performance. Skipping breakfast can lead to poor functioning at school. When you lack adequate nutrition, you may find it more difficult to focus on learning new information.
  • A lack of certain vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B12, calcium and iron, is correlated with symptoms of depression. Eating nutritious meals regularly gives you the energy you need to live and complete the daily tasks necessary for a happy, balanced life.

Sources

  • kidshealth.org
  • cdc.gov
  • choosemyplate.gov
  • usda.gov
  • Google Images

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