Sunday, July 29, 2012

You are what you eat.

" Hunger is the best sauce in the world "
~ Cervantes ~

FOOD is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism's cells in an effort to produce energy, maintain life, or stimulate growth.

Between the extremes of optimal health and death from starvation or malnutrition, there is an array of disease states that can caused or alleviated by changes in diet. Deficiencies, excesses, and imbalances in diet can produce negative impacts on health, which may lead to various health problems such as scurvy, obesity or osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases as well as psychological and behavioral problems.

Malaysia Dietary Guidelines has been recently revised ( in 2010 ), to combat the mounting problem of obesity in Malaysia. It has two aims - get people to eat healthier and get them to practice an active lifestyle. Basically, we need to make better food choices in our daily meals.

14 key messages in guidelines :

<3 eat a variety of foods, but they must be within your recommended daily food intake.
<3 maintain your body weight within a healthy range.
<3 be active physically every day.
<3 you should eat an adequate amount of rice, cereal products ( whole grain is preferred ) and tubers.
<3 eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day.
<3 eat moderate amounts of meat, fish, poultry eggs, legumes and nuts.
<3 drink or eat adequate amounts of milk and milk products.
<3 limit foods that are high in fats ( like butter and fried foods ).
<3 don't use too much salt and sauces in preparing food.
<3 eat and drink foods and beverages that are low in sugar.
<3 drink plenty of water every day.
<3 breastfeed your baby.
<3 eat and drink safe foods and beverages.
<3 make effective use of nutrition information on food labels.
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credits : en.wikipedia, Tell me about. . article by Dr.Y.L.M, image

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