Eating Healthy vs Unhealthy?

Eating Healthy vs Unhealthy?

Your answer......?
Healthy! Right?
But is it as simple as that?

Yes, there are numerous advantages to consuming healthy foods.  But it is quite difficult to always choose healthy foods, compared to unhealthy foods.  Mainly because healthy foods are typically portrayed as green and bland.  Unhealthy foods, on the other hand, appear tasty and flavorful.

Benefits of eating healthy
Legumes, fruits, and vegetables, whole grains, dairy products, protein and nuts and seeds are the major components of a healthy diet.

Some benefits of eating healthy:

  • improved gut health and digestive system function
  • lowers risk of developing various chronic diseases such as cancer, obesity, cardiovascular problems and diabetes
  • stronger bones and teeth
  • increased energy and general immunity
  • better quality sleep 

In short, eating healthy foods helps you maintain a healthy weight, strengthens your muscles, bones, and cells and allows you to function at your best.

Also Read: Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Start Eating Healthily Today

What are unhealthy foods?
Unhealthy foods include saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and added sugars, fast or processed foods that are high in calories but low in nutrients.

Effects of eating unhealthy foods
There are many problems that come with eating an imbalanced diet. Some examples are:

  • cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • excess fat can cause you to be overweight or obese
  • dental decay
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • elevated cholesterol levels
  • cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • diabetes type 2

Also read: 4 Easy Steps to Eating Healthier on a Budget

Quick tips for a healthy diet

There are plenty of small ways to improve your diet, including:

  • swapping sugar drinks for water or herbal tea
  • ensuring each meal consists of some fresh produce
  • choosing whole grains instead of refined carbohydrates
  • consuming whole fruits instead of juices
  • limiting red and processed meats, which are high in salt
  • eating more protein, such as eggs, tofu, fish, and nuts
In conclusion, 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'. Healthy food is definitely more beneficial for your mental, emotional and physically well-being.

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