Nutrition – The Scientific Approach

It is only fair to balance out this website with the scientific approach to nutrition.

HEALTHY EATING

Eating a healthy diet is needed to keep the body functioning at its optimal level and to avoid diseases. There are lots of reasons we don’t eat healthily – finances, ignorance, upbringing being just a few. But you definitely are what you eat and an example of healthy eating would be the following:

  • Eat a wide range of food which will contain a variety of certain nutrients
  • Eatwhole food rather than refined food
  • Avoid junk food and empty calorie drinks, such as fizzy drink, juices and alcohol
  • Eat regular meals and nutritious snacks
  • Eat, as much as possible, local, organic food

Also it helps to live a healthy lifestyle which would include:

  • Exercising regularly and practising meditation for the body and mind
  • Don’t smoke
  • Reducing the intake of drugs and antibiotics (where it can be avoided)

The nutrients that our bodies need in order to function are:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats (lipids, saturated, unsaturated, polyunsaturated)
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Water

The four main food groups that we need are:

  1. milk or dairy products (for vegans these would be fortified products such as soya and soya products).
  2. meat inlcuding all types of meat and fish (for vegans and vegetarians the alternatives are legumes and pulses).
  3. Fuit and vegetables.
  4. Bread and cereals.