Nutrition

Are the nutrition choices we make, right or wrong? Nutrition has never been a straightforward topic. Hence, to unwind the relationship between diet and health we have to take into consideration different factors.

Frequently Asked Questions about Nutrition

Nutrition Choices

Nutrition has never been a straightforward topic. Hence, to unwind the relationship between diet and health we have to take into consideration different factors. Humans not only have different genetic makeup but also are from different social backgrounds. The social status, education, geographical region, and communities they belong to define who they are and what do they eat. The food we eat is the seeds we plant in our body and our health depends on them. Eating a high animal protein diet is as planting bad seeds and we will be harvesting diseases. On the other hand, a balanced diet with low animal proteins may be beneficial to our overall well-being. However, the absence or presence of the disease is a result of a multifaceted system where food, lifestyle, and environment interact together.

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Nutrition and Physical Activities – Influence and Decisions

This illustration is made by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and it shows the multifaceted system of nutrition and all factors that may influence our choices. Our preferences for food and beverage is linked to the social environment, environmental settings, and individual factors.

Could we Resolve Obesity and Influence Choices by Raising Awareness?

Expanding our knowledge about nutrition is essential to raise our awareness regarding what we eat and how the choice of food could affect our health. Hence, it is essential to have reliable information on our dietary intake and set goals for a balanced diet. The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe is committed to encouraging all countries to develop their food dietary guidelines. Developing a national food-based guide is important in creating food policies and disseminating information based on science for healthier diet choices. The dietary guidelines‘ goal is to help the population to make informed decisions about nutrition.

Nutrition and Healthy Diet?

A healthy diet must be balanced and adequate to our needs, age, and gender. Many dietary guidelines exist – World Health Organization guidelines, Canadian guidelines, US guidelines, and so on. All existing recommendations are related to adequate energy intake (calories) and a balanced diet. But, how to choose the right diet? Before choosing, people must be aware of the various components in food and the idea behind food promotion. According to the World Health Organization, the basic information we need is to avoid weight gain by balancing the energy intake (calories we eat) with the physical activities (expenditure of calories). The World Health Organization has recommendations for total fat (saturated, trans-fat, and unsaturated), sugar, and salt daily intake. The daily intake should not exceed 30%, 10%, and 5 grams respectively. 

American Guidelines 2015-2020

Previous editions of the Dietary Guidelines focused primarily on individual dietary components such as food groups and nutrients, such as proteins, carbohydrates, fat, minerals, and vitamins. However, the new guidelines link healthy eating to regular physical exercise to maintaining health throughout a person lifespan. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines provides five overarching guidelines. They recommend healthy eating patterns and encourage individuals the need for making shifts in their unhealthy food and beverage habits to achieve overall health and healthier wellbeing. The guide acknowledges the role of the society and environment in supporting those healthy choices. They also link our choices to personal, cultural, traditional preferences, and budget limitations.    

Canadian Guidelines - Healthy Eating - Shared Responsibility

Canada’s Dietary Guidelines may improve not only nutrition in schools, workplaces, recreation center, health care facilities, but also it can influence individuals, families, and communities.

Tofu, Grain, Nuts

Tofu is a traditional component of the East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine. It has been consumed in China for over 2,000 years. Consumers have to be careful when choosing tofu. There are two types of tofu. One is prepared by a genetically modified soybean by using genetic engineering techniques. The other one is prepared by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into solid white blocks of varying softness.  Grains and nuts are a great source of protein. When grain is your food of choice, you must take into account the following factors: Buy grain products from reliable places and always Inspect the label of the product. Poor grains’ and nuts’ storage can contribute to a higher occurrence of molds. Molds produce a substance called aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a type of fungi (molds), and it can present a serious health threat to the liver, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer

Cooking Healthy Meal

Cooking a healthy meal is an easy task if you know the basic about nutrients, labeling, and have some cooking skills. Knowledge and dexterity can be acquired through social media, cooking classes, and so on. Food labeling also is an important tool and it helps individuals making informed food choices. 

Nothing written on this website should be viewed as a substitute for medical care. Also, you should not undertake any changes in diet or exercise patterns without first consulting your physician, especially if you are currently being treated for any risk factor related to heart disease, high blood pressure or adult-onset diabetes.