How Does Eating Healthy Benefit You?
Do you intently watch what you eat?
According to the National Nutrition Survey by the Health Promotion Board in 2018, Singapore has had a significant decrease in their calorie intake from 2,600 calories in 2010 to 2,470 calories after eight years. However, sugar intake went up from 59 grams a day in 2010 to 60 grams a day in 2018. Moreover, it was discovered that nine out of ten Singaporeans consume 9 grams of salt per day on average, almost double the recommended intake by the World Health Organisation of 5 grams of salt per day.
Given the possible implications of these numbers to one’s health, it is important for everyone to observe a healthy diet. Foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meat can curb the effects of excessive salt and sugar intake. Find out how else eating healthy can be beneficial to you in our article today.
- It nourishes your body.
Whole foods such as apples, oats, nuts, and brown rice are rich in nutrients that keep your body in optimal condition. They are neither processed nor infused with added sugar, improving different body functions.
Vegetables and fruits, for example, contain fibre, vitamins, minerals that speed up metabolism, boost immunity, and promote cell repair. Lean meat and seeds, on the other hand, are packed with proteins that are essential for muscle building.
Although some fats are unhealthy, monounsaturated fats such as avocadoes, almonds, and peanut butter help in hormone production, memory enhancement, blood pressure regulation, and cell regeneration. They are also considered whole foods and will be a good addition to your diet.
- It helps you manage your weight.
Having no control over what you eat is not just about losing your figure. It also leads to obesity, which increases the risk for a wide range of chronic diseases including stroke, diabetes mellitus, cancer, and osteoporosis.
Consuming non-processed foods lessens your chances of acquiring these illnesses and helps you to stay within the suggested daily caloric intake without having to count calories.
Fibre, one important component of healthy foods, takes time to be digested, making you feel full for longer and therefore reducing hunger pangs. It also absorbs water well, improving stool consistency and digestion.
- It sets you in a better mood.
Believe it or not, eating foods with high amounts of carbohydrates also affects your disposition. Refined carbohydrates such as desserts and pastries cause spikes in your blood sugar levels, leading to fatigue and irritability.
On the contrary, healthy food especially those which are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins induces the production of serotonin, otherwise known as the chemical that stimulates happiness, contentment, and well-being.
- It gives you a more comfortable sleep.
How much you eat influences the quality of your sleep. Eat too much and you’ll find yourself nauseated from a full stomach; eat too little and you’ll find yourself craving for something to eat in the middle of the night. By eating just the right amount of food, you are allowing your body to enjoy a restful slumber.
Additionally, eating healthy normalises your level of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycles. Avoid consuming too much alcohol and caffeine to keep your sleeping pattern consistent.
With all the types of food being introduced in the market today, we must be more wary of the quality of food we feed our bodies.
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