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Why Should You Eat Healthy?
Research continues to link serious illness with poor nutrition. For example, eating a healthy diet can greatly reduce your chances of developing heart disease and cancer, the world's leading causes of death. A healthy eating plan can improve all aspects of life, from brain function to physical performance. In fact, food affects all of your cells and organs. Regardless of the content of your nutrition plan, energy balance is important. On the other hand, it is also important to understand basic nutritional terms.
The three macronutrients are carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
Carbs: Provides 4 calories of energy per gram. All starchy foods such as cereals, bread, pasta and potatoes, fruits, legumes, sugar and some dairy products are sources of carbohydrates.
Protein: Provides 4 calories of energy per gram. The main sources include meat, fish, dairy products, eggs and legumes.
Fats: provide 9 calories of energy per gram. Main sources include nuts (such as walnuts), oilseeds (such as sunflower seeds), oils and butter.
How much of each macronutrient you should consume depends on your lifestyle and goals, as well as your personal preferences.
Micronutrients are important vitamins and minerals that you need in smaller amounts. Some of the most common micronutrients you should know are:
Magnesium is involved in over 600 cellular processes, including energy production, nervous system function, and muscle contraction.
Potassium: Important for blood pressure balance, fluid balance, and control of your muscles and nerves.
Iron: Carries oxygen in the blood and has many other benefits, such as improving immunity and brain function.
Calcium: An essential structural component of bones and teeth, as well as an essential mineral for your heart, muscles, and nervous system.
All vitamins: Vitamins from vitamin A to K play important roles in every organ and cell in your body. All vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients for life, so you need to get them to survive.