Why do some people love healthy foods, while others are against them?
Many people who have not had an opportunity to explore the health benefits of the foods they consume are not aware of the importance of the food itself, says Dr Helen Stirling, director of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute at St John Ambulance.
“It’s a bit of a mystery, why do we enjoy some foods more than others?
That is one of the questions we want to address.”
Dr Stirling says she believes the key to the relationship between diet and health is to know what you like and don’t like.
“When we make choices about what we eat and when we do things like we do with exercise, we are giving up control over our health,” she says.
“I think it’s important that we understand how we can use our food to help our bodies heal.”
Here’s what you need to know about healthy food.
Healthy food is a combination of ingredients that are good for you.
They come from plants and animal sources.
“Foods that are high in fibre, high in vitamins and minerals, they’re good for us,” says Dr Stirls.
“The good news is that we can find many of these ingredients in our local supermarket, if we go to a local supermarket we can buy the ingredients that we’re looking for.”
You can also find fruit, vegetables and whole grains in most grocery stores.
“We can find those types of foods that are in the supermarket and we can add them to our daily meals,” she adds.
“In some countries, like Australia, you can find fruit and vegetables at a healthy price, whereas other countries don’t have that luxury.”
Source: The Conversation Health and fitness can also play a part in your diet.
There is research suggesting that physical activity and diet are associated with lower rates of coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions.
“Being fit and healthy is about being physically active,” Dr Stylo says.
The main advice she gives is to get fit by getting enough physical activity, especially in the morning and evening.
If you have other health conditions, she recommends getting regular physical exams.
You can find out more about how exercise affects the body and what exercise is and isn’t, including exercise recommendations, at the Australian National Institute of Health and Welfare.
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“Our bodies are wired differently to be able to process the different nutrients and sugars that we consume in the foods that we eat, so we need to be eating the right foods and eating the nutrients that we need,” Dr Sisley says.
Her website also offers tips on how to get the most out of healthy breakfast.
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