By Oluwatomisin Amokeoja
In the race to meet up with day-to-day activities, people tend to not follow guidelines on diet about what to eat, how to eat and when to eat.
By disregarding healthy eating, the body misses out on a lot of benefits and gradually breaks down until it can no longer function properly.
Below are 10 benefits of healthy eating:

  • Weight loss: Studies suggest that consuming more of daily calories at breakfast and fewer at dinner can help drop more pounds. The weight is a balance between the calories consumed and the calories discharged.
  • Diabetes management: Managing diabetes takes shape when focus is placed on eating lean protein, high-fiber, less processed carbs, fruits, and vegetables, low-fat dairy, and healthy vegetable-based fats such as avocado, nuts, canola oil, or olive oil.
  • Improved memory: Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and olive oil help improve the health of blood vessels, reducing the risk for a memory-damaging stroke.
  • Heart health: Choices of foods that go a long way in boosting the heart health are the ones low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol including limiting salt.
  • Better mood: A balanced diet can help promote a balanced mood. Healthy eating helps to keep the blood sugar stable which can help maintain the mood throughout the day.
  • The health of the next generation: Children learn most health-related behaviours from the adults around them, and parents who model healthful eating and exercise habits tend to pass these on.
  • Reduced cancer risk: A diet high in whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and lean protein may prevent cancer. Though no diet has been proven to cure cancer, plant-based and keto diets may lower the risk or benefit treatment.
  • Improved gut health: Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of nutrients for a healthy microbiota. They are high in fiber, which can’t be digested by the body. However, fiber can be digested by certain bacteria in the gut, which stimulates their growth.
  • Getting enough sleep: Working hand in hand, a healthy diet can bring about falling asleep fast, enhance sleep quality and duration, and getting consistent high-quality sleep can actually aid eating better. Research shows that when sleep-deprived, the chance of consuming foods high in calories, fat, and sugar becomes higher.
  • Strong bones and teeth: Strong teeth and bones are important for overall health. One important factor in keeping bones and teeth strong and healthy is calcium. Calcium is a mineral and is one of the most abundant in the body. It is recommended to get 1000 to 1200 milligrams (mg) of calcium each day from calcium-rich foods and take a supplement only if needed.

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