The need for proper food

the need for proper food

The food that we eat provides the body with what it needs. One of its most important jobs is to contribute to the body’s growth and repair. The body is made up of millions of cells. A large proportion of each cell consists of substances called proteins. Proteins are sometimes called the ‘building blocks’ of the body and without them the body cannot grow or repair itself. Some foods are particularly rich in protein, e.g. milk, fish, meat, eggs, cheese.

 Malnutrition is a major cause of serious illness worldwide.

Food for energy
The concept of ‘energy’, is somewhat difficult for many of us to grasp as we usually associate it with work or movement of some kind. In many cases we tend to relate energy to muscular work and we find difficult to explain ourselves that energy can be stored in materials like coal, oil and, in this case, food, and then released.

The release of energy from food through the process of digestion is what follow.
The food that we eat cannot be used by the body unless it has been changed into simple chemical materials; this happens as the food passes down the process of digestion and is turned into materials that can be absorbed by the body.

a good dietWhy does the body need energy?
At this stage, it would be sensible to remind ourselves that the body itself needs energy to keep ourselves alive and well by controlling the most basic functions such as:

  • keep the respiratory system working
  • keep the heart beating and the blood circulating in a proper manner
  • keep itself at the right temperature

Although all foods provide the body with energy, some are richer in starch, some in fats, same in oils than others and so on, all of these can be converted into energy by the body.

In addition to their body-building and energy giving properties, foods contain substances called minerals and vitamins which are essential to the healthy working of the body.

Discriminating from one or another and allowing the intake of safe doses is a good way to avoid non healthy foods and still getting the right amount of energy our body requires on a daily basis.

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Apart for being a busy IT executive, Tito has a passion for cooking for friends and family and is a first class wines connoisseur.

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5 thoughts on “The need for proper food

  1. Thanks, nice article. I have found interesting also your posts concerning the Vitamins and Minerals that to my opinion play an important role on our daily diet.

    1. Many Thanks Gary, I appreaciate your kindness. I agree with you on your thoughts about the Vitamins and Minerals. To be fit and stay healthy we must know little things that will make our days bright even when it rains.

  2. Macronutrients such as carbohydrates, protein and fat are needed in larger amounts. The body cannot function properly if one or more nutrients are missing. A healthy and balanced diet provides foods in the right amounts and combinations that are safe and free from disease and harmful substances.

    1. Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fat are known as Macronutrients as they are the most needed substances in addition to Vitamins, Mineral Salts, Fibers, Probiotics. Those are instead called Micronutrients, not because they are less important, but because they serve at significantly smaller doses than the first ones. Water is absolutely essential as it progressively decreases from an average of 75% of the baby to about 50% in the third age. Another factor, too often overlooked, is physical activity, which is indispensable to maintaining optimal health, finally Relaxation also plays an important role.

  3. Today’s spending in a healthy and safe way is becoming more and more difficult. By now, almost all foods receive treatments to extend their duration and allow them to be conserved or to make them simply more beautiful and appealing.
    Finding healthy foods between supermarket shelves becomes more and more complicated. Complicated but not impossible.

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