Healthy Nutrition And Its Effect On Our Health Essay

1146 Words Jan 23rd, 2016 null Page
Healthy nutrition is maintaining a balance of all the basic food groups- dairy, lean protein, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables- as well as keeping up with a good exercise routine. Without an overage or shortage of these foods, the body can function normally and nourish the body effectively in order to boost our health. The problem in our culture today is people are overindulging on specific areas of the food pyramid- particularly sweets and fatty foods- and they do not understand the role food plays on their daily lives. Although certain foods may have its benefits, obtaining the majority of your daily calories on sugary and greasy foods not only effects your dietary habits later in life, but it also effects your bodyweight and the stresses and consequences that stem from it.
“Food refers to the plants and animals we consume.” Its role in the body is to break down the components of the food into carbohydrates so the body can metabolize it and further deconstruct this chyme into chemical molecules; the body can then absorb the remaining nutrients which can be used as energy or stored as fat. This process, known as digestion, occurs as soon as food enters the mouth. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), 2 in 3 American adults are considered overweight or obese based on the recent trends of American diet. Along with this statistic, American children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 19 are considered…

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