A Healthy and Balanced Diet Promotes Healthy Living

Healthy food promotes good health. What constitutes healthy food? Natural foods, organic foods, whole foods and even dietary supplements are considered healthy food. All essential nutrients and water, consumed in appropriate quantities form a healthy diet.

World Health Organization recommends the following diet.
1. Burn as much energy as you eat, and eat as much energy as you eat. A healthy weight is a balance between the two.
2. Consume more plant foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts.
3. Limit intake of fat and oil. Avoid consuming saturated fats like coconut oil and most animal fats. Unsaturated fats like those found in plant-based oils and foods are better.
4. Reduce the intake of granulated sugar.
5. Limit the consumption of salt and ensure that salt is iodized.

Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Vegetables and fruits that appear brighter and more colorful contain higher concentration of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. Hence, choose vegetables and fruits that are colorful and appear brighter. Kale, mustard, greens, broccoli and Chinese cabbage, to name a few, are packed with calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E, and K. While berries fight cancer, apples provide fiber, oranges and mangoes offer vitamin C.

Eating out and buying food from eateries has become common. Families do not find time for preparing food. Busy life style drives people to order food from outside. We tend to eat to satisfy our hunger rather than to stay healthy. Vegetables and fruits that offer all the nutrients do not find a place in our daily diet.

Small appliances have found their way to the kitchen. These appliances have made food preparation easy and enjoyable. Food preparation, using these kitchen appliances, does not take much effort or time. Mixers, blenders and food processors can shred greens, dice vegetables, and crush fruits to make delicious smoothies and juices that offer all the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables. These gadgets come in trendy colors and sleek designs and are loved by the present-day consumer. Anyone can operate them and prepare healthy food.

More than ever before, there is now a need to eat a healthy diet. Long working hours, polluting atmosphere, change in life style and chronic diseases necessitate a balanced healthy diet. Add more vegetables and fruits to your daily diet and enjoy a healthy living.