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Importance of Nutrition

September 12, 2022 

Nutrition is the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. Keeping nutrition in mind, plus eating healthily, provides your body with the nutrients it needs.

When it comes to your nutrition, you need to have a healthy eating plan in place. Within that plan, you need to have fruits, vegetables, whole grains and milk products included. Other sections that are advised are lean meats (poultry, fish, egg, etc.). Make sure that when you create this eating plan, you watch out for low saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, and the salt and sugar intake in foods. Lastly, make sure to keep within your caloric needs!

Remember, that everything is made up of calories. Calories are a measuring tool that measures the amount of energy food provides. Your caloric needs are based on your age, sex, weight, height, and activity level.

Did you know that American’s eat more than the recommended amount of food, according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition. With a poor diet, comes consequences. One that may result from a poor diet is obesity. To be considered obese, you would have a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or more. BMI is a calculation of one’s body size utilizing weight, height and gender. There are currently over 78 million people who are labelled as obese. By 2030, half of American adults would be considered obese.

Healthy diets not only help with your BMI, but it also helps protect against diseases. For example, fifty percent of newly diagnosed cases of diabetes stem from unhealthy eating and weight. Added sugars contribute to higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, liver cirrhosis and dementia. Unhealthy eating and inactivity contribute to 310,000 to 580,000 deaths per year, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

When it comes to making the change to your diet, please first visit your doctor to create an eating plan that is specific to you and your goals. Changing your diet would include, improving your quality of food, reducing quantity, eating less processed and fresher, cooking at home more, and staying within your caloric limit.

At the end of the day, make sure to read labels!

  1. Check out the serving size
  2. Read the nutrient information
  3. Check the percentage of daily value (DV)

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