| In spite of confusing
publicity, there is wide agreement among experts on what
is healthy style of eating.
Many common health problems including heart disease
are linked to what you eat. So healthy eating is one
of the most important ways you can help yourself to
feel well and be well.
So what does "healthy eating" exactly
This article examines what constitutes a healthy diet
and what one should try to be achieving in balance.
A healthy diet often means only small changes in the
meals you already eat, eating a little more of some
items and a little less of others -sounds common sense
but how many of us actually do this?
In actual fact healthy eating does not mean cutting
out every food that tastes nice. Popular meals can
be made healthier simply by preparing them in a slightly
different way. For example, cutting down on the fatty
foods and have a larger portion of rice, pasta, or
bread and some extra vegetables, salad or fruit instead.
What is really important is to eat enough of healthy
combinations of foods so that overall you are not
eating too much of one type of food -fried food for
example. A good mix is essential -different foods
supply different mixtures of essentials and with a
balanced diet, you can ensure that you get all the
vitamins and minerals that one needs.
Bread, other cereals and potatoes
Starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice, cereals, potatoes
should be main part of most meals. As well as energy,
they provide vitamins, minerals and fibre and are
not high in calories.
Fruits and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables provide valuable vitamins (A
and C), minerals and Fibre, with little fat. It is
recommended practice that you eat at least five portions
of fruit and vegetables a day -at least some at every
meal or in between snacks.
It is now known that eating plenty of foods rich in
starch and fibre leads to a better health and reduces
the risks of certain diseases associated with later
Oats, beans, lentils, fruit and vegetables contain
a different kind of fibre which may help to reduce
the amount of cholesterol in the blood.
Milk and Dairy foods
These foods are rich in calcium, for strong bones
and teeth. Having a reduced fat version e.g semi-skimmed
have just as much calcium, protein and B vitamins.
Foods containing fat and/or sugar
These foods are not essential to a healthy diet (though
not all fat is bad) but add a little extra choice
of interest. Other food containing fat such as cakes,
pastries can form part of a healthy diet provided
they are not eaten too often.
Foods containing sugar such as cakes, fizzy drinks,
sweets should mainly be eaten at mealtimes to reduce
the risk of tooth decay.
If you would like more information on other food
matters, you can telephone the Foods Standards Agency
on 0845 6060667.
Keeping your arteries healthy to avoid heart failure
and stroke is one of the best things you can do to
keep young, says RealAge author Michael Roizen -and
healthy eating helps in many ways.
-Lower high blood pressure by eating less sodium
and more potassium, as well as garlic (which also
fights against clogged arteries).
We all know the dangers of high cholesterol -too much
of this in the blood increases the risk of heart attacks
- Fibre, whole grains (especially oats), soy products
lower the risk of heart disease.
-Red wine taken in moderation keeps arteries clog
Avoiding bone loss, or osteoporosis is one way to
guarantee an active older age. Around 1200mg a day
of calcium is important but that is not all.
Vitamin D is essential for intestinal absorption
of calcium -it comes from food and sunlight.
Get enough magnesium -together with calcium and vitamin
D will help prevent bone deteriorating.