This report focuses on nutritional health. Nutrition is often associated with healthy eating and dieting however it is actually the process of providing and obtaining food for the necessary growth and development associated with health and well being.
Concepts with relation to nutrition.
Food- Any nutritious substances that is eaten or drunk which is absorbed in order to maintain life and growth.
Diet- A diet is the type of nutritious substance which is absorbed. E.g. Carbohydrates, Protein and Diary.
Snack- A light amount of food which is eaten between regular meals.
Meal- Any of the regular occasions during the day where a large amount of food is eaten such as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Nutrients- A substance which provides nourishment which is essential for the maintenance of life and growth. Nutrients include vitamins and minerals.
The Importance of a balanced diet.
A balanced diet is a diet which provides the body with the correct nutrition in order for it to function correctly, A balanced diet should include the amount of the individuals daily calories and have a variety of fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates and proteins. Calories in meals are a measure of the energy which is stored in food, the body needs a certain number of calories depending on the height, age , gender and level of physical activity of the individual.
Having a balanced diet is very important in order to keep the body's organs and tissues working by providing the best nutrition, without the correct diet and poor nutrition the body is more likely to be prone to disease and infection and poor health which can lead to conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
'The Eat Well Plate' was introduced to try encourage balanced diets by highlighting the different sectors of food and what should be eaten in order to create a good healthy diet, no single food contains all the nutrients which are needed provide nutrition to organs and tissue however choosing a good variation