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Added August 01, 2013

Healthy Eating: What You Need

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Good fat? Find out about healthy eating.

You've heard the phrase, “You are what you eat,” right? Well, it's partially true not that you'll turn into a cow if you eat too many burgersbut there's a little truth in there somewhere!

 

Healthy eating is all about choosing the foods that help your body function at its best. A balanced diet gives you more energy, and helps you think more clearly. Take a look at the following tips and learn a little about nutrition: It'll help you make good decisions so you can feel your best, every day.

 

Food categories what you need for healthy eating
Your body needs at least 40 nutrients to work well. You get these nutrients through food and supplements (like vitamins). Food is divided into three categories: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Each of these provides vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Too much of any one category can throw your body's balance out of whack.

 

Let's go back to those burgers. Say you eat them for lunch and dinner every day. Well, burgers are red meat, which is protein. Too much protein is hard on your kidneys and can even damage them. Too many carbs (candy bars, pasta, bread) on the other hand, might make your pancreas work overtime, which can increase your chance of getting diabetes. Fats are a little more confusing because they are divided into "good" and "bad" categories. Bad fats can hurt you by possibly clogging your arteries and increasing your chance of heart disease.

 

Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates, or "carbs," are the sugars and starches found in foods like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, cereals, dried beans and peas, and sugars. According to most nutrition experts, carbs should make up the bulk of your diet. Carbohydrates provide your body with valuable vitamins, minerals and fiber.

 

There are two kinds of carbs:

  • Simple carbsfound in sugars like honey, fruit, candy, and even non-diet soda.
  • Complex carbsfound in the starchy foods (bread, pasta, rice, and certain vegetables).

 

Fats
Fats are a great source of energy, but they have more calories per serving than any of the other food groupsabout 135 calories a tablespoon compared with 60 calories for a tablespoon of protein. Some fats are better for you than others. Steer clear of trans-unsaturated and saturated fats and cholesterol. These are found in animal fats and can be harmful to your body in large amounts.

 

Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatsfound in natural vegetable oilsactually help your body function. In Mediterranean countries (Italy, Spain, Greece) where olive oil is used a lot, there's a low rate of heart disease and breast cancer. Some fats are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These are mainly in fish oils, and actually protect your body against diseases such as atherosclerosis and arthritis.

 

Protein
Proteinsfound in meat, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, soy products, beans, seeds, cheese, and other foodsgive your body amino acids that help build and maintain tissue. Your body needs protein for repairing cells, too. Most people tend to eat more protein than they needand they get that protein mostly through meat and cheese, which isn't so great. Only about 10 to 15 percent of your total intake each day should be from protein.

 

So that’s a wrap on nutrition, but it’s up to you to choose the right foods for your body. Whether you’re looking to add more protein or carbs to your diet, do your research and make the right decision for you.

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dancingmira
dancingmira
Posted July 13, 2011
Even though my eating habits are pretty good, this is still very useful to me! Great info, BG!
spunkygirl29
spunkygirl29
Posted July 12, 2011
this is really going to help me. I've been told sometimes that even though I'm slim, my eating habits aren't the best. now i know what to eat.
DinoPrice
DinoPrice
Posted June 25, 2011
this really helps :)
Soccerplyr
Soccerplyr
Posted July 05, 2011
Now i know what not to eat.. Thanx:)
pink 86
pink 86
Posted June 18, 2011
very helpful
IwuvGummiBearZ
IwuvGummiBearZ
Posted July 12, 2011
This is really good and helpful information! I know to eat healthy now. I am going to include more healthy foods in my daily diet now! Thanks Beinggirl!
lilmshollywood
lilmshollywood
Posted June 10, 2011
i dig this article. I just wish it would provide a little more examples on what a healthy meal is. otherwise it was really good :)
channelstar69
channelstar69
Posted June 02, 2011
This is a awesome article. It helps me learn the importance of being healthy. Also this helps me learn facts about eating. Which helps me to become a super healthy girl!!!!!
butterflyluv45
butterflyluv45
Posted June 01, 2011
this article is so help, like they say "you learn something new everyday". I reall enjoyed reading this article i learned so much about vitamins an fat and how too much of a good thng is not so good. now that I know this im gong to eat a little more healthier! thank you Being Girl!
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