In this fast paced world, good nutrition may sound very simple but it is indeed really difficult to practice it. We eat too many processed foods or we tend to miss some meals. Some of us even smoke or drink alcohol. We also choose food on the basis of the taste. This not only make us overeat but also we ignore rich nutrient food items which we feel have bad taste. Foods lose substantial nutritional value during storage. There are many such factors which rob us of the nutrients we need for the maintenance of general well being.
We all talk of balanced diet, but how many of us really know the actual meaning of the balanced diet? Balanced Diet is a diet which has adequate amount of all nutrients required for healthy growth and activity. Sounds simple!
We have divided food into five groups on the basis of their nutrient content which are the most integral part of balanced diet.
Group One :
Wheat, Rice and Cereals. They are major sources of starch, carbohydrates, B-Vitamins and fibre.
Recommended Servings: 6-8 servings daily.
Dairy products. They are major sources of calcium , protein and vitamins (A,B2, B6, B12 and D).
Recommended Servings: 2-4 daily.
Fruits and Vegetables. They are major sources of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fibre.
Recommended Servings : 4-6 daily.
Meat, Fish, Poultry and Pulses. They are major sources od protein, Vitamin B12 , zinc and iron.
Recommended Servings: 2-3 daily
Fats, Oils and Sugar. They are major source of energy in our body.
Recommended Servings: Should be barely adequate.
Recommended servings of each group daily comprises a balanced. Now does it still look simple? To make it worse, our hectic life schedules make it more difficult for us to achieve this goal. Hence it has become a challenge now. We cant ignore this vital part of our life too. So we should better gear up for it!
Random Tip: Eating fruits increases your immunity against the development of age-related maculopathy and eye diseases.
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