Concept Essay - Eating Healthy

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Concept Essay – Importance of Eating Healthy When thinking of the concept of “eating right” many people think it simply means consuming tasteless foods and useless fruits and vegetables. But eating healthy is much more than that. Eating healthy means more than consuming the recommended fruits and vegetables, but it also means having a balanced diet that is right for the body; for eating healthy is not one size fits all. By eating healthy, people are able to: supply their bodies with the nutrients needed to grow and develop; reduce their chances of developing chronic illnesses and diseases; and maintain a healthy weight. Eating healthy provides the human body the nutrients needed to grow and develop. According to Dr.
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When we do not eat healthy, we are more susceptible to certain health risks. The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition reports the major health risk associated with unhealthy eating habits includes “heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer” (2013). Eating one candy bar does not make a person have bad eating habits; just like eating one serving of broccoli does not make a person a healthy eater. Eating unhealthy foods on a consistent basis is what leads to chronic health problems.
In his article, John Phillip (2010) provides a list of food additives that should be avoided. This list includes artificial sweeteners, Monosodium Glutamate, or MSG, and Trans and hydrogenated fats. Foods that contain artificial sweeteners can lead to diseases such as lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The foods that fall under this list include sugar-free drinks, foods found in bakeries, and even gum. Phillip (2010) reports that these foods can increase brain aging. MSG is found in many foods, as it enhances their flavor. On many food labels, instead of MSG, the term “natural flavor” will be used; though MSG is not a natural ingredient. High consumption of these foods can lead to depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue and headache.

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