In the fast-paced world of today, people tend to eat on the go. There are fast foods that are available in countless fast food joints to lure in people to buy the food they can eat on the go. Greasy chicken meals, deluxe burgers, French fries, sugary sodas are some norm. Aside from these, busy commuters can also get fried foods from street vendors, serving whatever delicacy that can be fried easily, like hot dogs and sandwiches. Not to be outdone, food companies even produce processed foods and instant meals to meet the demands of the hectic lives of the people. Think for a moment. Do you something wrong with this picture? Yes, the above scenario is truly happening especially in urbanized cities. But look at what they are eating. Obesity may be a way to put it, but malnutrition fits the description more nicely. The slop that people are eating may do more harm than good in their bodies. Most fast foods contain enough fat and salt to sustain an entire week in a healthy person’s diet. The sugar content is very popular super-sized sodas are enough to put a diabetic into a coma. Instant meals and foods contain a huge amount of sodium as well as preservatives which serve as precursors for cancer as well as other complications such as heart disease.
With this setting in mind, various health institutions and nutritionists have come up with a food pyramid to help guide the masses with quantitative and qualitative food intake. Is there a way to stop the destruction of nutrition in your society? There is something that you can do. Change our eating habits and influence others to change theirs as well. A great start would be establishing a meal plan based on the food pyramid. You should significantly reduce the fats and sweets in your usual diet and follow the number of servings of these items based on the food pyramid. Add about five to ten servings of fruits and vegetables and you’ll be feeling the effects of a rejuvenated body over time.
In fact, you should introduce a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet. These food items help detoxify your body. Most of the essential vitamins and minerals are found in fruits and vegetables. Hidden benefits are gradually resurfacing as food scientists discover the increasing benefits of fruits and vegetables. These benefits include phytochemicals in pineapples and lycopene in tomatoes, which help in fighting cancer.
Aside from being delicious, fruits are also nutritious. For instance, did you know that eating a banana a day can do wonders for your body? Bananas are among the richest sources of potassium, a vital trace mineral in the body, which is responsible for nerve impulse and transmission as well as cardiac rhythm. They are also a good source of fiber, which aids in digestion and mobility of waste products away from your body. Bananas are also very tasty desserts, which makes them more appealing. Fruits, in general, can be made into great desserts, or even healthy snacks. Choose the fruit that best suits your taste, and experiment with its different preparations for a refreshing way to enjoy your favorite fruit every day.
Vegetables contain many essential vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, E, and K, as well as minerals like calcium and phosphorus. Eating yellow and orange vegetables like carrots can get you plenty of Vitamin A to maintain the clarity of your vision and prevent night blindness. Green leafy vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage have numerous benefits like Vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immune system, Vitamin E, which helps in skin integrity and serves as an antioxidant, and Vitamin K, which is responsible for the production of blood clotting factors in the body. The infamous broccoli, portrayed by the media as being disliked by children, contains a bolus amount of calcium and phosphorus. Imagine what wonders a little piece of the plant can do to your body.
For the diet-conscious, skip those fattening snacks and go for fruits and vegetables. Try snacking on water-rich fruits like watermelons. They help make you feel full without the guilt of a truckload of calories. Or how about snacking on a fresh green salad? The high bulk content of vegetables helps make you feel fuller longer, thus making you avoid frequent trips to the snack bar.
You will be happy to know that you can eat as many fruits and vegetables as you want since they only contain minimal amounts of calories, fats, and cholesterol. Except for some varieties such as avocados, which have high-fat content, you can achieve your desired weight goal by frequenting fruits and vegetables over meats and sweets. You won’t have a problem with burning off copious amounts of calories like when you eat fatty foods.