Eating food is important because it helps us get the energy (at least 2,200 Calories per day) we need. Healthy food refers to balanced diet comprising of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in a 40-30-30 ratio. “Healthy” also denotes the absence of unhealthy foods such as trans-fats and LDL cholesterol rich products. This is present in large amounts in packaged food and fried food items.
The advantages of eating healthy food are manifold. Here are the important benefits:
Lower the risk of diseases: Fruits, vegetable, nuts, roots, seeds, and dairy products have vitamins, minerals, and essential compounds that the body needs to synthesize enzymes and carry our hormone signalling. Hormone imbalance leads to diseases, so we must eat enough vegetables and fruits daily.
Prevents healthy cell destruction: The antioxidant found in foods like tomatoes, gooseberry, onions, and cabbage helps fight free radicals that destroy the healthy body cells.
Rich source of nutrients: We get nutrients such as folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B complex vitamins, folate, dietary fiber, and minerals such as potassium, manganese, calcium, iron, and magnesium.
Improve the metabolic activities. They help in the following ways also:
- Improve digestion
- Add energy need by the body
- Aids in hormone and enzyme activity
- Helps build new cells and tissues
- Boosts immune system
You also improve the heart health by eating Omega 3 rich foods such as fatty fish and nuts. The Omega 3 lowers the bad cholesterol that causes heart attacks and strokes. It helps you combat obesity and keeps your brain active.