Nutrition Facts To Live By
I have always found nutrition facts very interesting. I love to know what effect or benefit the food I'm eating is having on my body.
I don’t know about you, but I just love food! I love to eat and if I can find delicious tasting food that is really good for me too then I’m in heaven! The trick is to know what is good for you and what is not. Ever wonder what a particular food consists of and how it benefits your health?
We'll begin our nutrition facts tour by learning about macronutrients - carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
They are called macronutrients because they are nutrients that are needed in large quantities. They provide the body with energy it needs to survive and are also needed for metabolism, growth and essential body functions. All of them are equally important and we should eat them every day for good health.
are vitamins and minerals and are needed in smaller quantities. Then of course there is water which is vital too. The only other element possibly in our diet that provides calories is alcohol, but that isn’t necessary for survival so it’s not considered a nutrient.
Every single little molecule our body gets comes from the food we eat and water we drink. Eating the highest quality food in the right quantities helps us reach our highest potential for vitality, health and freedom from disease.
These food nutrition facts can help you to achieve a balanced diet. It may not be possible at every meal, but if you look at the day as a whole, achieving a balanced diet is not that hard.
As we’ve seen earlier, our diet is made up of carbohydrate, proteins and fats. Each one is vitally important and we shouldn’t skip any. It is always a great idea to eat protein with carbohydrates as this helps balance the blood sugar and keeps you feeling fuller for longer – which is great for maintaining a healthy body weight. Use this nutrition guide to get the best out of every meal.
Some Interesting Nutrition Facts
are our body’s major source of energy. There are 2 types of carbohydrates: simple and complex.
We should aim to eat more complex carbs because they are unrefined and therefore aren’t stripped of their
and nutrients. They are digested slowly which keeps the body’s blood sugar stable and us feeling fuller for longer. They also contain fibre which is essential for good health.
Simple carbs have been stripped of all their goodness and also digest a lot quicker which causes the body’s blood sugar level to shoot up. When the blood sugar level falls soon after we feel hungry again.
are the building blocks of the body. The body breaks the protein we eat down into amino acids of which there are 25 kinds.
The different amino acids have different functions. Some are used to build muscle and maintain cells, others make hormones, others antibodies – proteins have many very important functions in the body.
There are 2 kinds of protein – complete and incomplete proteins. To make sure we get all the protein we need it is best to eat a variety of foods rich in protein such as eggs, meat, beans, lentils, quinoa & fish.
have received a lot of bad publicity, but they too are vitally important to our body. The trick is to know which fats to eat more of and which ones to limit. There are 2 kinds of fats – saturated and unsaturated fats.
Unsaturated fats are the
and there are 2 kinds of them too. Firstly there are
which are the omega 3 and omega 6 fats. They are essential fats which your body can’t do without. They are essential for the brain and help reduce the risk of many health dangers such as cancer and heart disease. The second good fat is
This isn’t an essential fat but is good for you. Some studies have shown that monounsaturated fats can help lower the bad LDL cholesterol level in the blood.
Saturated fats aren’t essential at all and it’s best to limit our intake of them as they can contribute to obesity, high blood cholesterol and heart disease.
Water is life! Our body consists of about 65% water and just cannot do without it. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water can trigger signs of dehydration, bad short term memory and difficulty focusing.
It is estimated that 75% of people living in America have mild constant dehydration which likely applies to half the world population. Every cell in our body depends on water for proper functioning. Our blood is mostly water and the brain, lungs and muscles all contain a lot of water. Did you know that many times thirst is confused with hunger. We may think we’re hungry, but we’re actually thirsty. What an interesting and useful nutrition fact that is!
Why is it important to drink 6-8 glasses of water daily?
- Water is a lubricant
- Water flushes toxins from our body
- Water helps with digesting our food
- Water provides a means for nutrients to travel to all the organs in the body
- Water transports oxygen to your cells
- Water forms the fluids around the joints which protects them
- Water regulates body temperature through perspiration
- Water forms the base for saliva
- Water helps prevent constipation
- Water regulates metabolism
- Water prevents disease such as colon, breast & bladder cancers by up to 50%
- Water helps with weight loss, speeding up metabolism and acting as a natural appetite suppressant
You can make up your daily water intake by drinking herbal teas and diluting 100% fruit juices with water.
After reading this nutrition guide, you now have a broad overview of basic nutrition facts and know why we should be eating complex carbohydrates, a variety of proteins and avoiding bad fats.
It is actually pretty straight forward, just remember to take it one step at a time and most of all, enjoy it!
For some more information about healthy eating, go to the
Healthy Eating Pyramid page
which offers very good, very reliable information to help us make better food choices. You can download this printable food pyramid for free.
For some more interesting nutrition facts, I've included a link to the Patrick Holford website. He is an absolute expert in nutrition and has helped me so much in my understanding of good nutrition and obtaining optimum health.
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