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Healthy Eating

Your diet has a huge impact on your overall health and can even aid in disease prevention. Unfortunately, there are many myths about healthy eating. That's why it's important to distinguish fact from fiction.

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What is nutrition?

Nutrition is the process of receiving nutrients through a healthy and balanced diet. Proper nutrition is important to health, growth, and development, and is related to stronger immune systems, improved energy and mental focus, lower risk of long-term diseases, and a longer life.

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What is nutritional status?

Nutritional status is the assessment of an individual’s health as influenced by the person’s diet. There are nutritional status indicators that can help measure, rank, and classify the individual’s level of nutrition.

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How do I get proper nutrition?

"You can improve your health and nutrition by having a balanced and nutritious diet. This generally means: - Eating more fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains - Adding more fish, including oily fish, to your diet - Cutting down on solid or saturated fats and sugar - Cutting back on overly processed foods - Limiting salt intake - Using oils such as olive oil, canola oil, and soybean oil, which provide unsaturated fats and vitamin E"

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How do I build healthy eating habits?

You can build healthy eating habits through the following: - Avoiding fad diets, which can lead to quicker weight gain and malnutrition - Drinking lots of water. Staying hydrated makes you feel fuller and boosts metabolism - Being mindful of poor eating habits, such as eating dessert every time and eating too fast - Stocking up on fruits and vegetables at home, even for snacking - Keeping in mind the right meal portions for you - Planning a weekly menu

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What are healthier options when it comes to preparing food?

You can improve your diet by switching to healthier food choices, such as: - Whole grain breads such as rye and wheat instead of white breads - Brown or wild rice instead of white rice - Baked sweet potatoes instead of deep-fried potatoes - Skim, low-fat, or plant-based milk instead of whole milk Additionally, it would help if you switch to healthier ways of cooking, such as baking, grilling, or broiling instead of deep-frying.

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What is the function of carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients –– along with fats and proteins –– that our bodies need to consume daily. Carbohydrates provide the body’s main source of energy. A diet deficient in carbohydrates may lead to symptoms, such as headaches, weakness, dehydration, dizziness and irritability.

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What are essential nutrients?

Essential nutrients are nutrients that the body cannot make on its own, but are important for the body to function properly. There are 6 major nutrients our body needs: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water.

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