What is Good Nutrition?
A nutritious, well-balanced diet combined with physical activity is the foundation of good health. Healthy eating means consuming high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and water while eliminating processed foods and saturated fats.
Those who want to increase your chances of staying healthy should reduce fat in their diets. It is a well-known fact that overconsumption of fat can lead to excess weight which in its turn increases your chances of developing health problems, including heart disease, hypertension, respiratory issues, diabetes and cancer.
Healthy eating also helps support the activities of day-to-day living, promotes optimal body weight and assists in disease prevention. For example, protein rebuilds injured tissue and promotes a healthy immune system while both carbohydrates and fats fuel your body. And, of course, getting vitamins and minerals is essential for support of your body’s processes. Vitamins A, C and E, for instance, act as antioxidants and B vitamins help extract energy from the foods you eat.
A well balance diet should include all the nutrients necessary for healthy living. But how to figure out how much fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals do you need daily? Fortunately, there are many companies that provide healthy eating plans and dietary solutions so there is not need for counting calories.
Fad Diet Timeline
See how diet fads have come and gone throughout history with the Fad Diet Timeline from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Choose My Plate
Try USDA’s Choose My Plate. It describes a healthy diet as one with a focus on vegetables, fruits, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, as well as whole grains. MyPlate food guidelines suggest more lean meat consumption, nuts, eggs, beans, fish, and poultry; and a diet that is low in trans fats, saturated fats, cholesterol, added sugars and salt.
Try these fun and interactive activities to help you improve your health through good nutrition.
Healthy Eating Planner
Food Personality Quiz
Make meal planning easier by understanding your food personality and how it influences the way you cook with healthyeating.org's Food Personality Quiz.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control, Dairy Council of California, USDA