What Type of Food Should I Eat?
Food is any material eaten to provide nutrition to an organism. The word ‘food’ is not restricted to feeding humans; it also applies to the living organisms that eat food, for example plants, animals, bacteria, fungus, protozoa, yeasts, molds, etc. Food is generally of animal, plant or fungi origin, and has various important nutrients, including proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, or mineral ions. Plants obtain most of their nutrients through the photosynthetic reaction called photosynthesis, while animals get most of their nourishment from food animals, which include fish, animals, birds and mammals.
There are two broad classifications of foods: real food and artificial food. Real food is food that meets the requirements of the body and is pure and whole in nature. On the other hand, artificial food is food that is manufactured, processed, packaged and distributed for commercial purposes. One can classify food by the ingredients used, method of preparation, amount and type, as well as other characteristics such as shelf life.
Preservatives are a vital part of food, both in terms of health and quality. Many people think that food additives are harmless, but research has demonstrated that some artificial preservatives and chemicals are harmful, especially if consumed in large amounts. Examples include saccharin gum, which are used in many food products to preserve them. In addition, artificial flavorings and colors are often used to give food products a pleasant taste. Many people do not realize how much food they consume that is laced with chemicals and preservatives and even more do not know what they are and how to avoid them.
Many people believe that fresh food is the best for nutrition. But fresh food does not contain all the nutrients necessary to maintain good health. Cooking destroys some essential nutrients and overcooking destroys others. Furthermore, frozen food lacks the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that are found in fresh food.
Lean meats such chicken, fish, legumes such as lentils and black beans, vegetables such as whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds, and legumes such as Lima beans or chickpeas are great sources of protein. They all have their own special benefits. Lean meats are low in fat and high in protein. Fish and legumes contain good fats that help reduce cholesterol levels. They are also an excellent source of fiber, another element that helps to maintain good nutrition.
The food you eat gives you energy. The right food provides energy at the right time, whether it is after you eat or before you sleep. Junk food, fast food, and prepackaged foods provide energy in the short term, but are poor sources of nutrition over time. For example, a candy bar that is sitting in your mouth for several minutes before you feel hungry may not be digested very well, causing you to gain weight. Likewise, a food that sits on your plate but does not get digested quickly because you are not chewing it well may provide you with little energy. You should eat food that stimulates your appetite, such as grapes when you are hungry or chocolate when you are bored, so that you feel the sensation of having had enough food and do not feel hungry for a long time.