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Healthy Diet
A balanced diet is nothing but a key to good health which includes diet in right amount of all he essential nutrients like vitamins, proteins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates etc. For proper growth and development of a person, a healthy diet is very essential. A healthy balanced diet helps to maintain and improve general health. To develop healthy eating habits isn’t as confusing and restrictive as people imagine.

Eating a wide variety of foods is the first principle of a healthy diet. Secondly it involves consuming appropriate amounts of all essential nutrients in right proportion and an adequate amount of water. Fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, food rich in carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and vitamins are the foundation of a healthy diet. To maintain a healthy diet, food low in calories, fish, meat (lean), dairy products low in fat, fish, poultry etc. should be taken.

An unhealthy diet increases the risk of a number of chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure (BP), abnormal blood lipids, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, stroke and even cancer. In order to lead a healthy life free of diseases one need to follow certain tips which are stated as under:

1. Eating plenty of high fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, low–fat dairy products and whole grain foods are nutritious and at the same time low in calories.

2. Vegetables and fruits like carrots, broccoli, cantaloupe, citrus fruits etc have antioxidants and various types of nutrients. These foods help to protect against cancer and other diseases.

3. Highly processed fast food, high in solid fats and sugar should be avoided.

4. Limit intake of animal fat as it is rich in saturated fat which boosts blood cholesterol level and has adverse health effects.

5. Sugary beverages like soda should be avoided. Water or flavor-infused water can be taken as substitute.

6. For a healthy snack, choose fruit, nuts or low-fat yogurt.

7. Consumption of salt or sodium from all sources should be limited and also ensure that salt is iodized.

8. Regular exercise should be part of the daily routine.


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