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

You Are What You Eat - Discuss

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

You Are What You Eat-Discuss It is indeed true that the quality of food that you take in will do a great deal to determine the quality of life that goes on in each cell of your body. Food has a huge effect on your health, and a diet rich in any one aspect would be an unhealthy diet, in the same way that a diet lacking in a certain nutrient would also affect your health. A balanced diet consists of carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and water. Carbohydrate provides us with energy. Fats (lipids) with healthy cell membranes and an energy reserve. Proteins are essential for growth and repair or body tissues. Vitamins are needed to keep our cells working properly and minerals build molecules in your cells, such as calcium (Hudson, 1998). Although water is humans most essential component of our diet as we can survive weeks without food though only days without water. ...read more.

Middle

Per one hundred grams of chocolate we are provided with four hundred and ninety-one calories, six point one grams of protein and twenty-three grams of fat. Where as per one hundred grams of cereal, such as corn flakes, we are provided with three hundred and seventy calories, six grams of protein and only one gram of fat. By comparing these two foods we can clearly see which one is healthier, as chocolate has and extremely high fat content. In this way could say that maybe what you eat is what you are because if you ate a diet rich in chocolate with few vitamins etc then your skin would not be as healthy and weight gain would be inevitable with such high levels of saturated and unsaturated lipids into your system. The absence of proteins, would cause weak bones, your cells would not operate so well as the vitamins needed are no longer present. Each vitamin and mineral has its own function with different organs and lack of these would cause the body to work less efficiently, ...read more.

Conclusion

Science is indeed now validating the things that your mother told you, about 'eating your green because they are good for you' as plants in particular are swamped with beneficial vitamins, minerals, iron etc. Estimates show that in the USA health costs could be significantly reduced, by as much as quarter of a billion dollars if only the large population of America listened to diet advice and carried out a healthy balance of food. The medicinal value of food has its roots from thousands of years ago in ancient civilisation. "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food". But modern society has pulled far away from those roots (http://pigtrail.uark.edu/pubs/Research_Frontiers/fall_2000/05_Feature1.html). The human races diet has changed dramatically over the past hundred years; we have entered a new era of 'processed' and 'convenience' foods. This leaves the foods lacking their nutritional quality, and this is sacrificed for quick and easy mealtimes. Also over these years, unsurprisingly, the number of overweight and obese population has shot up. I think that it is fair to say that what you eat affects your basic appearance, your well being and your future health. ...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. A healthy diet when Pregnant.

    You may get upset and cry more easily, get irritable more easily or lose your temper more quickly. If you are aware that your hormones are responsible, it may make these times a little easier to cope with. You may go through a range of feelings and worries about the

  2. What makes a balanced diet?

    Fish It is recommended that an adult eat at least two portions of fish per week, one of which should be oily fish. This also applies to pregnant and breast-feeding women, but they should limit oily fish to up to 2 servings per week.

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

    He should expand his food choices so he is eating more vegetables and eating foods that contain more vitamin C. At the end of the six weeks he was feeling more energetic and more adapt in the kitchen and feeling much better.

  2. You are what you eat and do not eat.

    * 15% PROTEIN- involved in building and repairing tissues. Their functions are: i) To provide energy and heat. ii) To provide roughage in the diet Too much excess protein can place undue stress on the kidneys and excrete calcium. * VITAMINS- are essential for health.

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

    their money back, since the packaging makes a claim then they will have to meet this claim. I do not think that the packaging makes many guarantees or claims as the packaging for Beef curry with rice, as they make climes tat their food is safe and does not have

  2. We all need to eat food in order to provide raw materials for growth ...

    Proteins contain Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and sometimes Sulphur. Protein is composed of chains of amino acids which are the building blocks of the bodies cells. The human body contains about twenty amino acids. There are two types of amino acids which are essential and non-essential.

  1. Globalisation and regulation of food risks. A theoretical overview.

    Globalisation of food production and consumption can on the one hand be seen in a development towards greater abstraction associated with corporate foods, while on the other hand towards a global trade in fresh and organic food expressing both locality and sustainability (McMichael, 2000).

  2. Speech My mother has been watching the TV programme 'You are what you eat', ...

    But let me leave you with this thought. People who are addicted to junk food have exactly the same brain wave patterns as those of heroin addicts, yes heroin addicts. A 'Big Mac' stimulates the brain exactly the same as heroin does, is that not enough?

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