Healthy food can mean different things to different people. It’s all about eating anything you want if it’s in moderation and more importantly, it should give you the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy, feel good attitude.
Importance of health
If your diet lacks nutrients or includes too much of a certain food, your body will not function at your optimum level. This can create future health problems should you continue leading an unhealthy diet. Strong evidence suggests that eating too much animal fat can lead to cardiovascular disease. To maintain a healthy weight, the energy you take in from foods needs to be balanced during your day. Due to hectic and busy lifestyles that we all live in, we tend to forget to take time out and exercise. Excess food intake is therefore stored in the body as fat, leading to weight gain and possibly even obesity. This is a major threat in the UK as 1 in 4 adults are considered obese, which can lead to serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and joint problems.
You don’t have to entirely give up your favourite foods to maintain a healthy diet, the secret is that if your main choices are nutrient-rich, you can fill in the rest of your diet with less nutrient-rich foods as calorie and exercise levels permit.
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Ideal choices of low calorie, nutrient rich foods include:
- Low fat and fat free dairy foods
- Whole grains
- Colourful fruits and vegetables
- Milk with lunches or dinners as opposed to sugar-sweetened drinks
- Lean meats
- Beans and nuts.