Diet is the sum of all the food consumed by an individual. More often than not, it is the person’s specific intake of nutrition for health management.
A healthy diet protects one against any form of disease.
One can say a healthy diet comprises of different types of food which includes all the classes of food: Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, Oils, Fruits and Vegetables, Minerals, and of course Water in their proper proportions.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
The importance of fruits and vegetables in a diet can never be over emphasized. We shall keep hammering on the larger consumption of fruits and vegetables in a given diet. Infact, this should form about 50% of a given diet. Fruits are low in fats, sugar and salt.
They are the sources of vitamins, minerals, dietary fibers, plant proteins, etc, that are required in the body for its proper functioning. It definitely lowers the risk of heart diseases, cancer, obesity, diabetes, stroke, minor and chronic diseases. It can help lower your cholesterol, normalizes your blood pressure.
We have different types of fruits that are available in their season. Do well to make use of the ones available, affordable and tolerable to your body system. Examples of FRUITS are; Apples, Pears, Oranges, Plums, Bananas, Watermelons, Tomatoes, Avocados, Grapefruits, Limes, to mention but a few.
Vegetables also are richly and readily available for our use. Examples are Lettuce, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin, onion, garlic, zucchini, etc.
It delights me to let us know that fruit and vegetables are snack food which could easily be taken at work, school, church, picnics, etc.
Instead of filling your children’s snack packs with junk or processed juice mixed with sugars, do well to snack them with fruits and vegetables. It is more economical and advisable to start early. Cooked or processed fruits and vegetables can damage the nutrients and phytochemicals in them.
Encourage your children to learn to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. Eating well supplies them with the required energy to grow, play, sleep better, learn, assimilate faster, build stronger bones and teeth, protection from all kinds of diseases.
Keep your fresh fruits and vegetables handy, keep them fresh in your fridge, on the dinning tables. Add fruits and vegetables to your family recipes or make them additions to your daily meals.
In conclusion, Eat Healthy.
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