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What Should a Healthy Meal Look Like?

Digestion is a process in the body that gives our body some of the nutrients and energy it requires for daily sustenance, in the right and adequate proportion. Other nutrients the body requires can be derived from other processes that take place in the body. All nutrients should be present in the right proportion before a meal can be said to be a balanced diet. If a meal does not contain any of these nutritional components mentioned below, then it is not a balanced diet. There are 6 major classes of food. Here are some details about these food classes. It is important to know that we must not joke with any of the classes of food as they all important to ensure proper functioning of the body systems.

CARBOHYDRATES

Carbohydrate is a class of food that supplies the body with energy. Carbohydrates are also used as a building block of the nucleic acids that form DNA in our body. Some people don’t really like carbohydrates because they have heard one thing or the other about it. No matter what you might have heard about carbohydrates, it is very crucial to know that if it is lacking is your meal then, that meal is not a balanced diet. To ensure that you get what your body requires or needs from carbohydrates, ensure you reduce your intake of starchy carbohydrates and eat more of the less starchy ones. Examples of good sources of carbohydrates are sweet potatoes, banana, oats and so on.

PROTEINS

Protein is an essential food class that helps in the creation of hormone; repair of tissues and also in muscular growth. This was also made profound in a diabetes loophole review. Proteins are found foods like dairy products, eggs, fish, and nuts. When it is consumed, it is broken down into amino acid by various digestive processes. Some sources of proteins are beans (soya beans), meat, fish, and eggs. If proteins are taken excessively it provides the body with energy. Proteins can be consumed by everyone including vegetarians.

VITAMINS

Vitamins are present in our foods as organic chemicals and they help in different body functions such as building up of blood, tissues and bones, metabolism of macronutrients. Vitamins make up the group of nutrients called the micro nutrients. The major nutrients needed by the body are sodium, calcium, iron, phosphorus magnesium, potassium, copper, boron, chromium, and manganese. The best source of vitamins is eating a diet consisting natural foods. If peradventure you do not have access to these vitamins as mentioned, you can take daily multivitamin tablets as a supplement.

MINERALS

Minerals are present in our food as inorganic chemicals that are; they do not occur naturally in the foods where they are found.  Minerals are the other part of micronutrients. The major minerals that are needed in our diets are potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sodium, sulphur, chlorine, zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, fluorine, manganese, selenium, cobalt and chromium. Taking a varied diet of natural and not processed foods help to supply the body with the required nutrients, also multi vitamin tablets is a good supplement too.

FATS

When most people in the society hear the word fat, they feel it is something that is not good for them, but little do they know that it is very important for a healthy life and optimum health. Fats have important roles they play in the body such as immune system support, hormone synthesis, and proper mental health. There are three types of fats namely: saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. It is not all types of fats that should be avoided. The only type of fats that can be said to be unhealthy for the body is Trans-fat. Trans fat is a hydrogenated unsaturated fat in which hydrogen has been passed through it so that it can solidify at room temperature.Trans fat is mainly found in low-fat spreads. Foods that contain fats that are good for the body are oily fish such as salmon, olive oil, nuts.

WATER

Water is greatly required in the body for proper and easy digestion of food in the body. Our body composed of a great amount of water. You can only survive for few days without water so we can clearly see the important role water plays in our daily lives. Dehydration makes the brain to shrink. Proper hydration is necessary for digestion, brain function, healthy teeth, joints, bones, and skin. We must take at least 2 liters of water (about 8 cups), also we must be conscious of anything in form of additives we want to put in our water because they increase the number of calories in our body.