Health Food Matters

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Some of my friends say that they would rather not know anything about health food and how exactly they are eating because ignorance is bliss and enjoying food is more important than anything else. Here, I have put together four most talked about topics in healthy eating and health food: Fats, Meat, Fiber, and Sugar.

1. Meat for Strength

Meat for Strength
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Meat may not exactly be called a health food but it provides us many micronutrients such as vitamin B12, calcium, and vitamin that a growing body needs and is a major source of protein. Meat and poultry contain quite a bit of fat, and about one-third of that fat is saturated. I used to care nothing about health food and crave for meat because of its taste and even insisted that I have meat for every meal.
I realize that eating barbecued or grilled meat, or seafood also exposes us to carcinogens called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These health hazardous substances form on foods as they cook on open flame or under the high heat of the grill, regardless of whether or not char is formed. It’s interesting to note that when fat drips onto the heat source, it creates flare-ups and smoke which then deposits on the food yet another group of carcinogens, called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

One way to avoid these carcinogens and still enjoy grilled meats as health food is to put them under foil wraps before putting them on the fire. In addition, the food gets the aroma of grill, especially if you leave the top loosely sealed.

2. Fiber for Digestion

Fiber for Digestion
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Dietary fiber is found in plant foods, namely cereals, beans, peas, wheat, vegetables and fruits, and is the magic ingredient which helps maintains our digestive system in perfect shape. Fiber slows down the rate of digestion of food, leading to a more gradual emptying of the food from the stomach into the small intestine. This basically means food gets digested sooner, and the indigestible bits, including the fiber, are moved out faster.
When it absorbs water in the stomach, it gives that feeling of fullness and therefore lessening the amount of food consumed. Thus, don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day, so that the fiber you eat can swell to be as light as possible.

3. Good Fats Makes the Difference

Good Fats Makes the Difference
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Good sources of healthy unsaturated fats are found in health food products derived from plant sources and fatty fish such as salmon. The two main categories are polyunsaturated fats found in high concentrations in soybean, sunflower, and corn oils and monounsaturated fats, which are found in high concentrations in canola, peanut, and olive oils. These healthy fats not only improve cholesterol levels but also protect the heart.

” Eat low-fat, low-cholesterol health food” is a very common advice given to me. What’s clear is bad fats, meaning trans and saturated fats, pose risk to health while good fats, meaning monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, lower the risk.
The key in getting health food is substituting good fats for bad fats. Some plant foods are also high in saturated fats, including coconut and coconut oil, palm oil, and palm kernel oil. Trans-fats are found in commercially prepared baked goods, margarines, snack foods, fried snack foods like French fries and onion rings, processed foods, and margarine; many of them are produced by heating liquid vegetable oils in the presence of hydrogen.

4. Sweets for Pleasure

Sweets for Pleasure
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Reduce your intake of sugar and all foods that contain sugar. Avoid sweeteners like molasses, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and maple syrup, and replace table sugar in your beverage, cooking and baking with natural sweeteners such as honey. The more muscle tissue you have, the better you can regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels.

Some of my friends say that they would rather not know anything about health food and how exactly they are eating because ignorance is bliss and enjoying food is more important than anything else. Fiber slows down the rate of digestion of food, leading to a more gradual emptying of the food from the stomach into the small intestine. The key in getting health food is substituting good fats for bad fats. Trans-fats are found in commercially prepared baked goods, margarines, snack foods, fried snack foods like French fries and onion rings, processed foods, and margarine; many of them are produced by heating liquid vegetable oils in the presence of hydrogen. Good sources of healthy unsaturated fats are found in health food products derived from plant sources and fatty fish such as salmon.

Almost every food we eat contains sugar. Consuming sugarless artificial sweeteners in so called health food may be more damaging than helpful to our health.
In order to keep the amount of sugar floating through your blood vessels at around a teaspoon, your body releases insulin whenever you eat foods that result in sugar entering your blood stream. Once inside your cells, sugar is used for energy, with any excess amount being converted to fat tissue. Excess insulin is known to cause weight gain due to storage of fat and sodium retention which leads to holding excess water and high blood pressure.

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About Linda D. Robinson

Hello! I am Linda i love exercise as, Run, swim, yoga. I want have body goals, slim, and healthy.

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