What is a healthy diet?
A healthy diet consists of healthy eating habits.
Healthy eating means consuming the right quantities of foods from all food groups in order to lead a healthy life.
we should consume at least 3 ounces of whole grains per day, Whole grains are rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins.
Fruit and vegetables have a high vitamin, mineral and fiber content - these nutrients are vital for your body to function well. Most health departments recommend that we consume five portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Most health departments throughout the world recommend that we consume five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.
We need protein for the building and repairing of tissue in our body.
The following foods are good sources of protein: meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts, quorn, soya (includes tofu)
eating plenty of legumes helps improve glycemic control in people with diabetes type 2, as well as reducing the risk of developing coronary heart disease. The following are the most commonly eaten legumes: soy, peas, peanuts, mesquite, lupins, lentils, clover, carob, beans, alfalfa
Why is a healthy diet important?
Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.
Your food choices each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future.
Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
Eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
A balanced diet is one that provides the body with all the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals required to maintain cells, tissues and organs as well as to function correctly. A diet that is lacking in nutrients can lead to many different health problems ranging from tiredness and lack of energy to serious problems with the function of vital organs and lack of growth and development.
What does the MyPlate graphic look like?
MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image – a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate, in your cup, or in your bowl.
Teens, Young people experience many changes during their tween and teen years. Building healthy food and physical activity habits will help them now and as they enter adulthood.
How can eating a healthy diet affect my ability to live a healthy and balanced life?
Physical Well Being, Strength, agility, coordination, endurance, speed and level of performance are all powered by the foods you eat. Mental Health, Food supplies the source of power for your brain as well as your body, and has a direct relationship to mental and emotional health and stability. Eating and Relationships, Eating a healthy diet keeps you physically and mentally fit. Behavioral Problems in Adolescents, A study published in the May 23, 2009 issue of “Preventive Medicine” examined the effects of dietary patterns on mental health in two groups of subjects ranging in age from 13 to 15 years old.