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INTRODUCTION TO BALANCED DIET

BALANCED DIET:

Well, it is often advised to eat healthy, in order to stay fit. But what exactly is a healthy diet or we can say a balanced diet? Let’s find out more about it…

INTRODUCTION:

Let’s start with the basic definition of diet. So what is a diet?

A diet is all that we consume in a day. It can be anything, both healthy and unhealthy. So that’s why the concept of balanced diet comes into play. Basically, a balanced diet is a diet that contains an adequate quantity of essential nutrients that we require in a day. It includes six main nutrients that is Fats, Protein, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Vitamins & Minerals.

Another factor that plays a major role is the amount of calorie intake. The number of calories in a food is a measurement of the amount of energy stored in that food. Our body uses calories from food to daily tasks such as Walking, Breathing, and Thinking etc.    

IMPORTANCE OF BALANCED DIET:

The following are the importance of a balanced diet:

INTRODUCTION TO BALANCED DIET
  • Balanced Diet leads to a good physical and good mental health.
  • Our Organs & Tissues used proper nutrition to work effectively. 
  • It also helps in improving mental health.
  • A balanced diet also helps in controlling insulin resistance.
  • Helps in proper growth of the body.
  • Lack of proper nutrition may lead to heart diseases infection, fatigue and poor performance.

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Rising levels of obesity and diabetes in America are prime examples of the effects of a poor diet and a lack of exercise. The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that 4 of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States are directly influenced by diet. These are:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

COMPONENTS OF A BALANCED DIET:

CARBOHYDRATES:

A vital source of energy, carbohydrates comprises about 60% of an individual’s diet. Most of your energy needs are met from carbohydrates.  Choose wisely from complex carbohydrate sources such as whole grains-wheat, millets, brown rice etc.

PROTEIN:

INTRODUCTION TO BALANCED DIET

Proteins are needed for growth purposes and to repair wear & tear of the body. It also helps in building muscles.

Major sources of high proteins food for veggies include chickpeas, kidney beans etc. along with dairy products.

For non-vegetarians, good sources include eggs, fish, chicken & lean meat.

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FATS:

They contribute to about 15% of daily caloric needs and are a major energy source.

Fats can be found in fatty foods such as peanut butter, ghee essential also cheese etc.

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