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Why Is It Important To Eat Healthy Food Instead Of Junk Food
Minerals and Protein: Everybody needs complete protein, including the 10 essential Amino Acids in the proper ratios and 15 minerals including calcium, potassium and iron, along with the 13 vitamins every day. Fast food can supply these if wisely chosen, but "junk food" as soda, candy, sweet and salty snacks generally cannot. Check the labels! ...Read more
Pregnant women should eat a balanced, nutritional diet and increase their calorie intake to meet the needs of the developing fetus and their changing bodies. Eating a range of wholesome and nutritious foods during pregnancy is one of the most important things that women can do to ensure the normal development and growth of the fetus, and it can help to prevent prematurity and low birth weight. For the mother, good nutrition helps to prevent anemia, ...Read more
What foods should you eat to maintain a healthy diet, and what is the exact amount of food should you eat daily?
Protein & vegetables: A rough guide to determining the amount of calories the average adult should consume daily is about 10x your weight. But using calories alone to gauge intake is not enough. Essentially I have found that small meals of mostly protein and above-ground vegetables maintains ideal body weight, chemistry and hormone levels. Individual genetics, activity, and medical conditions influence this greatly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I usually eat heavy lunch and dinner . After the meal I eat fruits directly . Is this a healthy habbit to eat fruits this way . Also what what is the ideal time to eat fruits ?
Breakfast?: Timing doesn't matter. Better to eat breakfast as well; then you may have a less heavy lunch and dinner. Keeps metabolism from sagging in the A.M.Also gut can handle fruits and protein foods at same time. Quantity is always an issue, especially if trying to maintain or lose weight. ...Read more
Possibly so: Changes in appetite and eating -- either increases or decreases -- often accompany depression. Using food to modulate mood is very common also. People may even have their preferred foods during these times -- like cheetos and other carbs. Studies have additionally shown a correlation between processed foods & depression. Some depression medications can increase appetite as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Vitamins can never compensate for poor dietary habits. ...Read more
Is dairy essential for a healthy diet? I enjoy foods like cheese but tend to think of them as unhealthy.
Not necessarily: There is no consensus on this and research studies show conflicting results. I believe cow's milk is the perfect food for baby cows but not for adult humans! if you do drink milk i strongly advise choosing rbgh-free milk & ideally organic milk. To see the pros & cons of this issue see http://milk.Procon.Org/view.Resource.Php?Resourceid=000656. ...Read more
What's so bad about potato chips? Is it okay if I eat them as a part of a balanced healthy vegan diet?
I know ....: How can something that tastes so good be so bad for you! The two big problems are fat and salt! There are 150 calories in a single serving bag of potato chips, & nearly 100 of them (2/3!) are fat. The fat in them can contribute to common problems of oily skin & acne such as you report. But I don't believe in a total ban of anything that you really enjoy: eat a single serving bag 1-2 times/week:) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much: The reason for baby foods at that age is to introduce a new method, not overtake the value of breast milk or formula. A tablespoonful or two is fine for starters. If the kid seems to want more, that is one of the goals, but they should not drop their other intake below 16-20 oz. By 1 yr, they should have a balance between the two. ...Read more
In what way can a pure vegetarian teen maintain a healthy diet. Meaning, what should he eat and not eat etc.?
Your choice?: If this is a lifestyle being forced on you by your parents, you are well within your rights to refuse. The health benefits have resisted scientific demonstration, but the moral statement is powerful. Focus on fruits, grains and vegetables, avoid empty calories / junk, get plenty of protein (soy's good), and you must supplement (iron, b12, vitamin d, iodine, others). ...Read more
Go low fat: Cheese is not considered one of the "healthier" foods by many because often it is high fat and/or high salt, high calories.. Cheese can be high in saturated fat and cholesterol. That being said, there are cheeses that are made with skim or low fat milk which are healthier than others. Excellent source of good quality protein, calcium (cottage cheese is not a good dairy source of calcium though). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chicken ; others: Lean meats like chicken can be good for you as long as they aren't fried or covered with heavy, fattening sauces. Broiled, sauteed, grilled, etc are best. You want to also have plenty of vegetables every day as the bulk of your food. Healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. Consistent exercise of your choosing and sleep. No alcohol or processed foods. Limit or completely cut out sweets. ...Read more
Protein, good fats,: and carbs are called "macronutrients." Eat all three but stay lowest on carbs. Avoid bad fats in junk food, anything w/corn syrup. Good fats are olive oil and coconut oil. Avoid sugar. See doc for suggested diet. Spectracell labs in TX can test all your nutrients. Peace and good health. Carbs work together w/protein and fat and then the micronutirens like vitamins and minerals. ...Read more
What happens if you eat a lot of junk food and then gain weight, does the fat look worse than if you eat healthy food and gain that fat?
Fat is fat: Fat is fat whether you gain it from health foods or from junk food. The deposition is as a fatty substance. There may be more nutrients in healthier foods, but the excess calories still lead to deposition of fat. ...Read more
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