The Importance of Healthy Eating

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TITLE : THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY EATING
What is healthy eating ? Healthy eating is not about strict nutrition philosophies, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, stabilizing your mood, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible– all of which can be achieved by learning some nutrition basics and using them in a way that works for you. You can expand your range of healthy food choices and learn how to plan ahead to create and maintain a tasty, healthy diet.
Healthy eating is important from the day we are born. As a child, we grow quite rapidly and this is due in part to the foods we eat. Foods all contain nutrients that provide us not only
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BENEFITS
Eating a healthy diet is instrumental in the reduction of the risk factors for several major diseases. Obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are a few of the risk factors that serve as precursors to major diseases, and can be controlled with healthy eating.
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NUTRIENTS
Nutrients are substances needed for normal bodily operations. Essential nutrients, derived from healthy food choices, are virtually indispensable to the body. Without them, the normal functions of the body begin to deteriorate. They must be derived via the diet.
TYPES OF NUTRIENTS
Carbohydrate is a nutrient essential for energy production and the prevention of ketosis, a state where the production of ketones exceeds metabolism. Protein is a nutrient essential for its components, amino acids. Fat is a nutrient which provides insulation, protection and energy for the body.
FUNCTIONAL FOODS
Onions, garlic, tomatoes, citrus fruits, grapes, broccoli, celery, cruciferous vegetables and most plants are examples of functional foods high in nutraceutical content. Nutraceuticals are nutrients directly related to the prevention or treatment of disease processes.

GUIDELINES
Dietary food guidelines for Americans are illustrated in the Food Guide Pyramid. The following are daily
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