Make Good Food Choices to Keep the Body Fit and Healthy

Dec 01, 2015 10:08 PM EST | By Pao Uychiat

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Health buffs, with the help of social media, are trying to decide which food is healthy or not. Most are still confused, however, on which road to take: the traditional, no-nonsense diet or one of the fad diets being advertised.

Sadly, not everyone takes the time to understand how food affects our mind and body. According to India Times nobody really examines whether the information given is true or not whether it be on the labels or on what is written and announced by media.  

Glutamate for example is usually misunderstood. It is not just about MSG, it has amino acids from protein that breaks down when we eat food.In fact, glutamine is the most abundant amino acid present in the body.Monosodium glutamate (MSG), on the other hand, is the sodium salt of free glutamic acid and provides a flavour function that occurs naturally in food. Free glutamate is also found in some of the foods we encounter every day such as cheese, mushrooms, milk, tomatoes, potatoes, eggs and chicken, amongst others.

There are four simple ways we can do to ensure we are on the right track to choosing and eating healthy. Let's start with eating fresh food. This is the easiest way to keep track of what you are consuming. Always pick the fresh ingredients and be creative on how to use it. You may check a lot of recipes on the internet as well as planning weekly menus before going out to the local supermarket or fair.

Next, it is important to understand what your body needs. Every diet is different and the result and effect is also different per person. Therefore, what your body needs may not be known by following some fad diets that are being advertised. The body needs change every few years.

These changes vary according to the age, lifestyle and hormonal factors. A good way to check what your body needs if you're unsure about what your body needs is to consult a nutritionist. Food like exercise is a key component in staying fit and healthy.

To know facts about food is also very important. Choosing fresh food is always the best choice for healthy food, but sometimes we have to get food off the shelves in cans. Reading (and understanding) the nutrition label helps you determine what's in the packet and in what quantities.

Lastly, we have to be vigilant and make informed choices. This is the best way to understand what the body needs when it comes to nutrition, fitness and diet as well. Choosing to live a healthy lifestyle is easier these days because of access that is available for people. Make sure to strike a balance in order for these things to work properly. Nobody knows your body more than you do.

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