Whatever we eat impacts our life in many ways, thus our diet plays the most important role in our life and hence our diet should be nutritious and valuable to our body.
Reasons why we should eat nutritious food:
5 KEYS TO A HEALTHY DIET
BREASTFEED BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN
Breast milk provides all the nutrients and fluids that babies need for their first 6 months of healthy growth and development. Exclusively breastfed babies have better resistance against common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, respiratory infections and ear infections. Infants who were breastfed later in life are less likely to become overweight or obese, or to suffer from noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
EAT A VARIETY OF FOODS
Eating a variety of whole (i.e. unprocessed) and fresh foods helps in obtaining the right amount of essential nutrients and also avoids sugars, fats and salt in a diet which can lead to unhealthy weight gain (i.e. overweight and obesity) and noncommunicable diseases.
EAT PLENTY OF VEGETABLES AND FRUIT
Vegetables and fruit are important sources of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, plant protein and antioxidants. People who have a diet, rich in vegetables and fruit have a significantly lower risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
EAT MODERATE AMOUNTS OF FATS AND OILS
Fats and oils are concentrated sources of energy, and eating a diet rich in fats, particularly the wrong kinds of fats, can be harmful to health. People who eat too much saturated fat and trans-fat are at higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Trans-fat may occur naturally in certain meat and milk products, but the industrially produced trans-fat (e.g. partially hydrogenated oils) present in various processed foods is the main source.
EAT LESS SALT AND SUGARS
People who have a high sodium diet (including salt) have a greater risk of high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Similarly, people who have a diet high in sugars have a greater risk of becoming overweight or obese. People who reduce the amount of sugars in their diet may also reduce their risk of noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease and stroke.