Healthy Eating Research Paper

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Abstract Eating healthy is important for many reasons, it will promote intellectual development in children and adolescents prevent major health problems from developing and ensure a long and healthy life style. This research paper will introduce the importance of forming a healthy eating habit from a young age onto the senior years and will also point out some of the negative effects not eating healthy can cause such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, iron deficiency anemia, dental caries, under-nutrition, and eating disorders. During the past 20 years, there has been a substantial increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. More than one-third of U.S.…show more content…
Unlike diets, eating healthy is a not a temporary solution. Eating healthy and choosing a variety of foods from each food group – grams, proteins, fruits, vegetables and diary combined with routine physical activity can result in a long and healthy lifestyle. When choosing food for one’s family it is important to look for food low in fat and sugar, relatively low in calories, rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients important to health. Some examples of these types of foods are fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk, dairy products, lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. There are some foods that are a little bit higher in calories, fat, and added sugars, which could be consumed on a less frequent basis. Foods highest in fat, added sugars and calories are often low in nutrients and therefore should only be eaten once in a while, such as special occasions in small portions. Some examples of these types of foods are fried vegetables, fruits canned in heavy syrup, doughnuts, sweet rolls, whole milk, untrimmed beef, cookies, pies, and sodas. Eat only when hungry and do not over eat. Overeating is one of the main problems people have when trying to maintain a healthy weight. If a person eats in moderation, he or she can enjoy any type of food, even sweets as long as it is in portioned size. Eating when hungry and stopping
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