Importance of Healthy Eating

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The Importance of Healthy Eating

University of Phoenix

October 24, 2010

A growing number of people are becoming aware of the importance of eating healthy. For some eating a nutritious and healthy meal conjures up images of meals consisting of salads only. Everyone knows there is something they could change in his or her life to become healthier. For some it is exercising and eating healthier. When it is concerning healthy eating, it is good to receive educated about what is healthy to eat. Living food smart doesn’t mean that he or she have to give up his or her favorite meals and concentrate on calorie counting. The equation to dieting is simple; it is about balance and moderation. Eating the correct portion size of food is the way to eat healthy. This means eating a variety of foods that provide the nutrients needed need to maintain his or her health, feel good and have energy. Healthy eating is not about involving in a serious nutrition regime and not eating what one enjoys, it is about feeling good and acquiring energy. Staying healthy can be achieved by learning the basic food groups and learning how to plan healthy meals. Many Americans in today’s society tends to avoid a healthy meal their first meal of the day. Eating habits vary by the individual can influence by nationality, personal preference, social status, economic position, and region. "Most Americans still eat at home,” are according to Harry Balzer, a vice president The National Purchase Diary also known as the NPD Group. "We've always eaten in the home,” Balzer said. "In fact the trend has been toward eating more meals in the home.” In today's society frozen meals have become popular for individuals of all ages causing Americans to eat unhealthy. Many avoid the time to eat five servings of produce a day because of the lack of funds and accustomed to eating breakfast lunch and dinner. People today do not eat healthy because the lack of awareness. Is there not time set aside to learn about their bodies and what types of food to eat? So many resources on the Internet to help anyone know what are good and what is not. Americans lack motivation because of their strenuous everyday life and feel like working out or taking care of their body is too much work for them to do.  So many obese Americans living off junk food and it are a national concern because it will lead to disease such as stroke, heart attacks, and other health disorders. Dr. George Blackburn, associate director of Harvard Medical School’s nutrition division, stated “American lack of nutrition knowledge is an urgent crisis that contributes to disease and skyrocketing rates of obesity. When eating healthy it will allow his or her body feel better so that the doctor’s visits are short and he or she can enjoy life better. After documenting the type of food eaten daily, the Food Guide Pyramid recommends that there is a required amount lacking from each dietary guideline. The amount eaten from each category is low and need to increase. Several sad faces is given in regard to the type of food that is consumed and several unhappy faces received by staying away from fats, cholesterol, sodium and oils. The pyramid shows a percentage amount needed to increase such as Milk 0%, Meat and Beans 4%, Vegetables 55%, Fruits 88% and Grains 58%. The intake is very low and the pyramid suggests the intake to be much higher.

In order for to modify the diet and get the recommended foods for each group is to consume the required amount need. A huge amount of vegetables and proteins need to be consume. The consumption of junk food is greater than the nutritional amount needed to be eaten. The percentage of calories from fat shows a percentage of 38.4; a total amount of carbohydrates in grams is 306;   a total percentage amount of protein in grams is 29 and the percentage amount of fiber in grams is 28. After taking the assessment and reviewing what is given it...
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