Types of foods

The types of food we eat determine much about our state of health. With online food shopping making life eevn simpler, whether its for a snack or a main meal, the facts remain that it is absolutely essential to eat healthily.

Healthy eating is one step towards sustainable weight loss and control. The types of food that are available to us via online shopping or on the High Street, are usually varied and this means that we can gain many of the nutrients and energy we require from our diet. If our diet is lacking some vital nutrients, we can still get what we need each day through multivitamins or nutritional supplements.

It is the types of food that we eat that is one of the key factors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity is another major factor in staying fit and healthy for longer.

Healthy eating is therefore dependent on the types of food that we eat. For example, starchy foods, fat, protein and carbohydrates are some of the different foods available to us. If we were to only eat one or two kinds, our health would probably suffer as we would fail to meet our bodys nutritional requirements. We need a variety in our diet to ensure we get the right amounts of these different foods.

Complex carbohydrates or starchy foods such as bread, cereals, potatoes, rice, pasta and fruit and vegetables should provide the bulk of most meals.

Starchy foods arent fattening, as is widely believed. Adding fat to starchy foods such as butter spread on bread means they become fattier and contain more calories. Starchy products help us to control appetite and tend to contain fibre. Fibre is part of our diet that is not digested. Containing few calories, fibre fills you up without making you fatter. Helping the natural and regular movements of the bowel, fibre helps to reduce bowel problems and can be found in fruit, vegetables and starchy foods.

Most people tend to eat more protein than is necessary. Being omnivores, humans tend to eat a well balanced diet naturally so concentrating on one type of food will leave us with malnutrition and malnourishment. Meat is a good source of protein but can be high in fat. It is essential to eat a balanced diet comprising of a variety of foods to ensure you get the nutrients you require in the right proportions. Without the right mix of vitamins and minerals and energy from our diet, we tend to suffer from deficiency diseases and numerous illnesses that can usually be prevented or cured through healthy eating.

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