The Main Food Groups that you Should Consume Daily

Aug 14th 2015 at 12:23 AM

We are as good and healthy as the food we eat. A healthy diet is important for emotional and physical well-being. Every food item you consume is either a source of protein, vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals or fats. Protein is perhaps the most important food group as the body needs it to grow and to form muscle tissue. Beef, poultry, eggs, fish and grains are the main sources of protein foods. To get the best nutrition value, avoid protein sources that are canned as they have high sodium content, and only eat fresh proteins. Natural fats are also quite important in the diet. When you eat healthy foods, you will automatically inject natural fats into your body. Foods such as nuts for instance, are a good source of protein but also have fats. Avocados are also a vitamin source that contains healthy fats. Most fruits and vegetables also contain trace amounts of oils that are necessary for overall health. Fats from lean meat and dairy products such as milk will also keep your body healthy and you should not avoid them unless you have food allergies. As well, protein foods such as fish contain omega-3 fats, which are crucial for preventing heart disease.

Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of vitamins. A lot of dietary-related illnesses result from a deficiency of vitamins. For instance, vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy. Health practitioners recommend that to get the daily recommended vitamin portions, we should eat not less than five portions of different fruits and vegetables. To meet these requirements, you can for instance eat a banana with your breakfast cereal, eat an apple for a snack, a bowl of vegetable salad at lunch, and a glass of juice or vegetable smoothie mixed with organic cider just before bedtime. Eating fruits also helps you cut down on your sugar intake. Though it’s okay to indulge your sweet tooth every once in a while, taking sugary foods and drinks on a daily basis will cause you to gain weight and also expose you to the risk of diabetes. Any time you feel like eating sweet treats, eat fruit instead and with time, this urge will disappear.

Carbohydrates, also known as starchy foods, include foods like rice, flour, potatoes and pasta. These foods make up the highest percentage of what most people consume on a daily basis, as they are necessary for energy. Though carbohydrates play an important role in the diet, they are also to blame for weight gain and dietary illnesses such as diabetes, as they directly impact insulin levels. For this reason, starchy foods should be consumed when whole, to prevent spikes in blood sugar. Some carbohydrate sources such as flour are known to contain gluten, which causes stomach complications and you should therefore check to ensure your carbohydrate foods are gluten free. As long as you eat these food groups daily, you will get all the nutrition you need.

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