Month: January 2020

The Importance of Proper Nutrition in Diet

Poor diet has been associated with the development of many of the chronic diseases in the United States, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. A healthy diet—or a healthy plate—is one that includes multiple servings of various grains, unsaturated fat, protein, fruits, and vegetables per day, and limiting the intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar.

Nutritional Benefits of Breakfast

Researchers analyzed three-day diet records of a group of senior citizens to find what foods contributed the most calories in their diets. Selecting optimal diets are critical to the aged, many of whom are trying to lose or control their weight for effective disease management. Other elderly, however, are at risk for under nutrition due to social and physical problems.

Of the various eating patterns that emerged, the diet in which most of the breakfast calories were supplied by cereal, milk and fruit provided the best nutritional profile overall among those tested. Based on the research, the vitamin-fortified breakfast cereals, as well as the vitamins in milk, helped the elderly participants reach the recommended dietary allowances for calcium and vitamins B6, riboflavin and folate.

The nutritional benefits of breakfast cereals also were shown in a recent survey of more than 4,000 households by General Mills, Inc. Adults who ate cereal for breakfast consumed an average of 10 percent fewer calories than those who selected other breakfast foods, with only 20 percent of their calories coming from fat.

Ways to Eat Healthfully

Stay away from the inside aisles. When you grocery shop, fill up your trolley from the aisles around the outside the perimeter of the store. This is where the fresh fruit, vegetables and fresh foods are kept.

Eat small amounts frequently

Don’t allow yourself to get hungry. Keep your appetite in control with smaller meals and healthy snacks in between.

Keep close to nature

Fresh is best and generally much better for you than pre-packaged. For example, a fresh potato baked in its jacket is more healthy than pre-packaged “potato au gratin”.

The Importance of Vitamin Supplements

A large number of people don’t obtain sufficient amounts of essential nutrients from the food they eat.

One reason is most people don’t select very nutritious foods. For example, do you eat the five officially recommended daily servings of fruit and vegetables? According to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, only an estimated nine percent of people do.

This is why vitamin supplements are important to all of us.

Most vitamins and minerals should be taken with food to enhance their absorption. This is particularly true of oil-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A and E, coenzyme Q10, and the carotenes. In addition, protein in the diet helps mineral absorption. This doesn’t mean you need a full meal with your vitamins. A few bites or a piece of fruit are just as good.

The water-soluble vitamins, such as the B vitamins, are generally well-absorbed without food but it is still recommend taking them with food. Vitamin C, which is water-soluble, can be taken with or without food.

If you take large amounts of any particular vitamin, such as vitamin C, divide up the dose so you take it two to four times a day. This improves absorption and minimizes the amount excreted.

How Does Vitamin B6 Work?

Vitamin B6 is an essential nutrient required for life. It functions primarily as a coenzyme, which is to act as a catalyst for other enzymes that need proper assistance to complete their job. Neurotransmitters, proteins, and red blood cells all require Vitamin B6 in order to be formed; and it is also required for the metabolism of foods into energy. Research is showing the Vitamin B6 may play a crucial role in disease prevention and treatment.

Along with Folic Acid and Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 has been shown to help the body reduce homocysteine, an amino acid-like compound that is being studied for its relationship to an increase in heart disease.

Vitamin B6 also plays many other important roles in the body . . .