You are what you eat!
A healthy diet consists of a well-balanced diet composed of all important nutrients in right proportion. It prevents malnutrition and onset of diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, cancer & stroke to name a few.
ood that we eat acts as a fuel to the body & provide essential nutrients which further act as:
- Energy-giving foods – Carbohydrates, Fats- Energy required constantly for the voluntary & involuntary activities of the body.
- Body-building foods – Proteins, Minerals- Muscles, bones & organs are built up and maintained by the protein supplied by the food. Minerals like iron, phosphorous affect the formation of the blood – skeleton tissue (bones).
- Protective foods – Vitamins, Minerals – essential for safeguarding the body against diseases.
- Regulatory foods – Water, Roughage- Water is required to regulate body processes such as digestion, excretion, maintenance of the body temperature and the electrolyte balance. Roughage helps normal body movements.
Important Nutrients required by the body:
- Vitamins and Minerals