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You Are What You Eat - Discuss

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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.

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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.

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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.

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