• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Write an Essay on The Importance of a Healthy Diet. Include Information on Macro and Micro Nutrients and Their Role on Maintaining Optimum Health.

Extracts from this document...


Chris Davison 12B Miss. Perret Write an Essay on The Importance of a Healthy Diet. Include Information on Macro and Micro Nutrients and Their Role on Maintaining Optimum Health. A healthy diet is important to everyone, as it is our diet that the body relies on to run correctly. If our diet is not correct, then our body doesn't run correctly, or function to it's full potential. A healthy diet is mainly a balanced one, which means anything can be eaten, but in moderation. When certain food groups are eaten in excess or are neglected, then our diet is then said to be unbalanced, and therefore not healthy. ...read more.


Proteins also supply a small amount of energy, but are mainly needed for supplying amino acids. These amino acids are used for making structural proteins for bone and hair, metabolic proteins for enzymes, communication proteins in some hormones and protective proteins in antibodies. The rest of the nutrients that our bodies need are therefore classified as micro nutrients. These micro nutrients are only needed in small amounts and are often used for a specific job. There are lots of different micro nutrients, and they include things such as vitamins, minerals, copper and manganese. There are many things that can happen when we don't maintain a healthy diet, and it depends on the nutrient we aren't eating or are eating too much of. ...read more.


There are a variety of cancers that can be caused by obesity and as the person has a larger body mass then their skeleton can suffer from diseases such as arthritis. Malnutrition of certain nutrients also causes certain specific diseases. A deficiency of vitamin D can lead to rickets, a disease where the bones become weakened, so people (especially children) can become bow-legged. A deficiency in vitamin A can lead to a variety of skin problems, and can also cause night blindness. As you can see, a healthy diet is very important as it keeps our bodies running the way that they should. Many foods now come with the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of nutrients on the side of their packets. If people follow these, it ensures that their diet is balanced and therefore healthy. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Food Technology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Food Technology essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The Importance of Vitamins and Minerals In the Human Body.

    4 star(s)

    The deficiency result in stunt growth in children and loss of bones in adults. Calcium can be found in: milk products, dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, shrimp, salmon, clams, fortified orange juice, legumes, tofu. "Although trivalent chromium is recognized as a nutritionally essential mineral, scientists are not yet certain exactly how it functions in the body.

  2. Food Technology - Healthy School Meals

    The groups are: 1. Burger, chopped meat 2. Sausage 3. Individual meat pie 4. Any other shaped/coated product The meat product must: I) meet the legal minimum meat content levels set out in the Meat Products (England) Regulations 2003. Products not specifically covered by these legal minima must meet the same minimum meat content levels prescribed for burgers; ii)

  1. A healthy diet when Pregnant.

    Try to eat 300 microgrammes of folate a day. Good sources of folate are fortified breads and cerials and vegetables. A deficiency of Folate when you are pregnant can lead to birth defects. Vitamins. Vitamin B12 is essential to the growth and development of the baby.

  2. What makes a balanced diet?

    for the normal structure of the nervous system and specifically in the development of the neural tube in the developing embryo. Minerals Minerals are natural compounds that are required for the formation of bones and teeth, as constituents of bodily fluids and tissues and constituents of enzyme functions and nerve function.

  1. I have been asked to produce an A4 booklet describing the components of a ...

    this converts glycogen back into glucose and then released back into the bloodstream for cells to use. Vitamins Vitamins serve crucial functions in almost all bodily processes (immune, hormonal and nervous systems) and must be obtained from food or supplements, as our bodies are unable to make vitamins.

  2. Finding optimum conditions for making yoghurt

    Viscosity speed (cm/s) high speed = thin yogurt mass yogurt (g) volume (cm3) density (g/cm3) Muller thick and creamy creamy white smooth, thin 4.6 27 0.56 10.60 10 1.060 CO - OP Low Fat creamy white slightly lumpy 4.2 105 0.14 10.07 10 1.007 Rachel's Bio Live Natural very creamy

  1. Nutrition & Diet: Issues for People who have Learning Disabilities

    For those people who have a learning disability, and who live alone in the community then influencing factors such as poor cooking and shopping skills, may lead to an unbalanced diet and limited food range (DoH 1995). Social activities such as tasting sessions can encourage people to eat outside of

  2. I will look at six existing products which are already available and evaluate how ...

    The plastic has rigid and flexible properties and can be moulded to produce a rigid container to allow the food to fit inside. This plastic is suitable for the packaging of frozen foods. The plastic packaging was fit for the purpose it was indented for, which is to hold frozen

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work