Its 2010 and good nutrition is still the key to great health. Food is needed to give the body energy. Energy is needed to help you live and grow healthy. Poor nutrition still poses serious health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, certain cancers and chronic under nutrition.
To give your body the proper nutrition it needs, you have to eat (and drink) foods that contain the following key nutrients:
Do Jamaicans practice proper nutrition? Although there are only a few regional surveys on food consumption. These surveys indicate that the number of meals consumed outside of the home has increased. With many fast food courts being all around the island, more and more people are eating fast food, This has contributed to the increased consumption of foods high in fat, thus explaining in part the high numbers of adults that are overweight and obese.
Will Jamaicans make the nutritional food change? The first step is to identify “nutritional weaknesses.” Do you have a weakness for foods high in fat? Do you tend to bypass breakfast in the mornings?
Here are some basic guidelines, eat foods from the five major food groups:
Try to limit foods that are high in fats, sugar and salt. Do not skip meals, and during the day, drink lots of water. Do more healthy cooking at home. But when you do eat out, watch what you eat. Do not eat oversized portions of food. Limit fast food and overly processed and fried products. Read nutrition labels on foods before you buy them. And of course always remember the key to a healthy diet is variety, balance and moderation.
Do you see yourself cutting down on the fast food your currently consume for a more healthy diet?