Eating healthy is important for everyone and doesn’t need to be something hard to do. A healthy diet is the key to being fit. Whether you are planning your next meal, improving your cooking skills or trying to make healthy lifestyle choices to reduce your heart disease and cholesterol, we have got some information about the keys to a healthy diet.
Here the 3 keys to a healthy diet that you must know:
CHOOSE A VARIETY OF FOODS
Eat variety of food is necessary to obtain the nutrients and other substances needed for good health. No single food can supply all the nutrients in the amount you need (e.g. oranges provide us Vitamin C and cheese contains B12 but no Vitamin C). Eating a varied, well- balanced diet means eating from each food groups daily in the recommended amount. Choosing food that will help to make your meals interesting so that you don’t get bored with your diet plan.
EAT PLENTY OF VEGETABLES AND FRUITS
Vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet. They are naturally good containing vitamins and minerals that can help you to maintain a healthy portion in every meal. From the scientific research, it shows that the vegetables and fruits contain phytochemicals or plant chemicals. If you regularly eat lots of fruits and vegetables, you have a lower risk of:
· Heart (cardiovascular) disease
· High blood pressure
Most Malaysian will get the benefit from eating fruits and vegetables as a part of well-balanced, regular diet and healthy lifestyle. There are many types of vegetables and fruits and many ways to prepare, cook and serve them.
KEEP FAT TO A MINIMUM
Fats are concentrated sources of energy and eating too much of it can be harmful to our health. Adult diets should be low in fat. Saturated fat which is the main fat in the chocolate, cakes and biscuits are more easily deposited as fat tissue than unsaturated fat. Eating foods that contains saturated fat raises the level of cholesterol in your blood.
Replacing food that are high in saturated fat with healthier options can lower blood cholesterol levels and improve lipid profiles. Dietary fat helps with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Small amounts of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats may have some health benefits when they are part of a healthy diet. Monounsaturated fats are found in nuts, olive oil and avocados help to lower the bad type of cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL).
Polyunsaturated fats are generally thought to lower blood cholesterol levels. Polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids which are found in fish, nuts and seeds have an anti-clotting effect on blood, to reduce the risk of heart disease and to possibly lower blood pressure.
These are three keys of a healthy diet that we can share with the readers and it is up to you to do the action. You will love your body and your body will love you when you start eating healthy. Make sure you don’t abruptly change your diet and make slow changes.
A healthy diet is the key to happy, long and fit life.
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