“Food and water are the fuel for your body like gasoline is for cars.
Do you want cheap, fast, fake food that clogs up your engine and causes injury,
or do you want to run on fuel that wins the race?”
Healthy eating was our Message of the Week this week. Healthy foods fuel the body. But what exactly makes a food healthy?
What Are Healthy Foods?
Healthy foods are considered to be the food items that are rich in nutrition and have a beneficial effect on our overall health. Healthy food includes many organic food options like natural food, whole foods, etc.
Nutrition is essential for every individual. If you want to stay fit, healthy, and strong, eating well is crucial, besides being physically active, to maintain a healthy weight.
Healthy eating is usually referred to as eating clean meals that provide nutrients and are important to give you energy, maintain health, and make you feel good.
What Are Unhealthy Foods?
Unhealthy foods can be described as foods that have less nutritional value and are high in fat, sugar, and calories. Such food may be high in protein but your body needs a certain amount of protein – not in excess.
If a food item is not helping you maintain a healthy weight, it’s considered unhealthy. For instance, some unhealthy foods include high tropical oils and salt, low fiber content, low vitamins, unhealthy fats, etc.
Mostly, unhealthy foods contain processed items like snacks and fast foods, which are low in essential nutrients that our body requires for healthy living.
Why are certain foods unhealthy?
Food becomes unhealthy due to its preparation method. If there is a high amount of sugar, fat, and sodium in food, it’s not good for your health.
According to the American Heart Association, one must keep their consumption of saturated fat lower than 7% and consume trans-fat below 1% in daily calorie intake.
What is the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods?
Generally, healthy food helps in providing more energy to your body so that you can work all day long without feeling exhausted. Some high energy foods are fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, sprouts, raw nuts, honey, yogurt, etc. On the other hand, unhealthy foods are low in energy and high in fat content.
Some unhealthy food options are fried chips, burgers, pizza, fried meat, etc. If you consume healthy foods, the problem of fatigue, headaches, depression, joint pain, etc. could get resolved, whereas the unhealthy foods invite obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and other chronic diseases.
By the aforementioned differences, you can spot the difference between healthy food and unhealthy food to make better food choices for yourself and your family.