Dear readers welcome to my healthy eating zone here I would be discussing some of the important things related to our daily food habits and also their impact on our health and disease-related issues. I would be discussing how our choice of food could govern our state of health and also the types of food that we must try to include in our daily life to keep lifestyle diseases at bay
Food has a very special place in our hearts. We all love to eat good food and aim to live a healthy life. But it’s sad to learn that having good food and being healthy don’t always go hand in hand. That’s because the definition of “good food” is very broad and every person has its way of bringing out the meaning of good food. For a person like me who has been brought up in a desi environment- good food means a heavy breakfast comprising of Aloo Parantha or Chole Bhature and a big glass of lassi with a thick covering of malai. I am sure like me, you all must be having some of the other food items which you would love to indulge 24×7. But honestly speaking, is it what good food is? Probably not! Technically a good food is a food that helps us in getting all the essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, fat, proteins, fiber, minerals and vitamins that are important for the proper functioning of a normal human body. Such type of diet is generally referred to as a “Balanced diet”.
Researches in the last 20 years have shown that the incidence of type 2 diabetes, heart-related diseases, and obesity has increased several folds worldwide and the most badly affected group are teenagers. The pressure at work leading to stress and anxiety, lack of sleep, too much dependency on mobile and electronic gadgets leading to a sedentary lifestyle and above all “poor nutrition” are some of the major culprits.
Today we all are in a hurry and want to do every work in a shortcut manner. When it comes to our food, we want a food that is super easy to make and should consume minimum time while giving optimum taste to our taste buds so that we feel satisfied. This need of the present generation was well noticed by the multinational companies and as a result, they came up with food products such as Pepsi, coca-cola, Maggi, chips and many others that caught the attention of the people and made them go mad after such products. After several years of research, it was found that these products are nothing but sweet poison as they can make humans susceptible to several diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart-related diseases, and many others.
Now due to technological advancement and ease of internet access, people are becoming more and more aware of the quality and quantity of food that they must eat every day. Also, by now it’s a well-established fact that items that are too rich in sugar content and saturated fats are not good for any human being. That’s why you must have noticed people asking for a sugar-free tea/coffee or a ? Shikanji soda- though that does not mean they are diabetic but are more aware compared to past. Actually, too much sugar is considered to be detrimental to human brain development. In our brain, there is a region called the prefrontal cortex which is associated with the decision making and planning process. Taking too many sugary items, delay the proper development of the brain, as a result, a person fails to develop decision making attitude and even at times finds it difficult to execute daily routine tasks. Moreover, junk foods high in sugar have the ability to cause inflammation in the brain that ultimately causes damage to the neurons leading to neuronal cell death. Lastly, too much junk food reduces the ability to memorize and learn new things as they affect a region of a brain called the “hippocampus”. In nutshell, excess of sugary items causes damage to the brain that negatively affects the daily lifestyle of a person.In nutshell, excess of sugary items causes damage to the brain that negatively affects the daily lifestyle of a person. Similarly, chips and fried products are also not considered to be healthy because of the presence of high saturated and trans fat. These two fats are considered a silent killer because of their ability to increase the level of bad cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein, LDL) and decrease the level of good cholesterol (High-Density Lipoprotein, HDL). Increased level of LDL increases the chance of developing heart-related disorders that manifest in the form of stroke and heart attacks. Therefore, as a golden rule, one must always try to consume fats that are rich in mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
So, in a nutshell, we can conclude that foods containing high sugar and trans fat should be avoided by people of all age groups and a healthy diet must be aimed at having foods that are rich in essential nutrients such as carbohydrate, proteins, fats, fiber, minerals, and vitamins. I know you must be thinking that such a balanced food is practically not possible in today’s hectic life. Well, I would say it is! How? There is a huge range of such foods which aimed at providing you the essential food items that you can include in your daily routine to achieve a healthy goal. Also, such foods would be super healthy and super delicious!
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Till then Eat Healthy and Think Healthy!