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    Components of a healthy diet

    Oct 19, 2016 · by Peter O · no comments

    Healthy eating is a term that has often been misinterpreted to mean strict dietary restrictions, keeping oneself unrealistically thin or depriving oneself of things you love to eat. However, this is just a misconception. Healthy eating means having to listen to that little voice on the inside that clearly gives an insight on what healthy food generally looks like, i.e. both fresh and natural.

    The voice further gives an highlight on what a balanced diet doesn’t look like, i.e. packaged and highly refined. A healthy diet is the source of inner energy that keeps one in good mood, improving his or her outlook and stabilizing the bodily emotions. Many people often feel overwhelmed by the contrasting advice they get from various nutritionist on what a healthy diet is.

    Different nutritionists will expertly give different advice on the food they think is most healthy for a specific individual.

    Nevertheless, this should not be a discouragement to the person seeking to live a healthy lifestyle through balanced meals. All one needs to know is the composition of a healthy diet and in what ratio each food should be represented on a plate. Also, a person should get to know that there is no ‘a catch all’ diet that will work for everyone.

    A certain type of food may be good for one person, yet bad for another. For example, a meal with high carbohydrate content may work for person A, but when person B takes the same meal, they become sluggish and overweight. Our bodies are different and it is the role of each person to get to know him or herself and what food works out best. Besides, by understanding the health benefits that come as a result of healthy diets, an individual gets to have the motivation to fully invest in creating a healthy lifestyle for themselves.

    A balanced diet is composed of all the essential components necessary for the growth and development of every part of the human body. It is actually a proportioned diet which not only has the right food items required for proper body functioning but also has the food in proper amounts.

    The diet is also of critical importance in boosting the body’s health. In some cases, proper diet has been associated with helping in body weight loss. A healthy meal, first and foremost, contains carbohydrates. They mainly serve as excellent sources of energy to body and are mostly obtained from plant species e.g. wheat, rice, maize and potatoes among many others. The carbohydrates should take up about 60 percent of the meal, which can be equated to 310 grams.

    Secondly, a healthy meal should contain vitamins. There exists many types of vitamins; some soluble in water and others soluble in fats. The vitamins are often obtained from vegetables and fruits, but sometimes can be supplied in form of supplements. In whichever form, one has to ensure that they are present in every particular meal. Minerals too are considered highly important in the body as they help to release energy from various foods.

    They can be either macro nutrients such as iron, potassium and calcium or can be micro minerals such as zinc and molybdenum. Additionally, proteins are recommended for the proper development of hair, skin and muscles. Most nutritionists recommend a daily intake of approximately 50 grams of proteins.

    The proteins come mostly from meat, milk and eggs. Lastly, fats and fiber have to be present for any particular meal to be considered healthy. In spite of the fact that fats can cause obesity and overweight, there are good types of unsaturated fats that can help regulate the body temperature.

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