Oct 162017
 

What is good nutrition and why is it important? This is a common question that many people ask themselves. A lot goes into this and I’d like to discuss this with you all. 

Nutrition that qualifies as being “good” would be a well balanced diet that includes adequate amounts of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals. This provides your body with the energy it needs to adequately function.

Now the vital part — why good nutrition is important. Like I previously stated if your body isn’t being fueled correctly, it can’t perform many of its basic tasks. If your body can’t function then your health and well-being suffer as a result.

Many diseases like cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, atherosclerosis, obesity, some forms of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, dental caries, gall bladder disease, dementia and nutritional anemia can stem from a nutritional cause.

This is why many recommendations have been put into place. For example it is recommended that 45-65% of your daily calories come from carbohydrates and that half of those consumed should come from a whole grain source, Protein is recommended to be 10-35% of your daily calories (ideally coming from lean protein sources like chicken, turkey, etc.). Finally, it is recommended that 20-35% of your daily calories come from dietary fat (fish, nuts, etc.).

If you have questions concerning this topic feel free to email me at aploens@ilstu.edu or set up an appointment to meet with me.

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