I saw a program on Foxtel last night by Jamie Oliver and he talked about how people's diet and food on the market has changed through out the last 30 years. What he showed was kind of scary but true.
So the summarise of the program was that over the last 30 years, people have been eating more meat less vegetables and fruits. Also food on the market now has doubled the amount of sugar, salt and fat content. So what he is saying that we are getting more and more unhealthy.
Effects on body:
Fat - high cholesterol, leading into heart attack, stroke and blocked arteries.
Salt - rises blood pressure which may cause thin blood capillaries to burst, also worsening the effect of cholestrol build up in the body.
Sugar - high sugar content will lead to serious problems like diabeties, or glucose intolerant.
So I have noted down a few healthy tips about our diet which could help to balance things out. lol As Chemistry is my major, the difference between saturated fat and unsaturated fat in chemistry sense is that saturated fat has no double or triple bounds to allow further hydrogen addition.
Fat diet balance
Saturated FAT is BAD........ these comes from excess animal fat and oil on meats, dairy products, and other vegetable oils like coconut oil. But unsaturated fat is good, infact it actually helps to clean out the cholesterol and saturated fat build up in the body. So where do these good unsaturated far come from?
- Olive oil
- chick peas ( i personally hate chick peas)
- nuts (peanuts, almonds, cashew nuts & etc)
- soy beans
Salt diet balance
Salt diet balance
There are many forms of salt in foods we eat, but the salt that i'm talking about is sodium chloride, your normal table salt. Take away foods and/or processed food contains massive amounts of salt. Small amounts of salt helps the body chemistry to breakdown, process and absorb foods into the body, excess amount is filter through kidney and out of the body. So if you can, try to eat less take away and processed food and try to eat more home made meals where you know how much salt is added into your food.
Sugar diet balance
Sugar is contained in so many food we eat today, from breakfast's cereal to daily drinks like Coca Cola. Many people have sugar addictions, where they mentally have to have sugar every day. (I still have that sugar addiction problem, use to eat 4-5 choppa chopps a day) So what you should do is to eat more fruit, they are sweet high in fibre and slow release of energy which is really good for the body.Other tips
This might sound disgusting, but constipation is the worst diet problem you could have. seriously, if may not affect you right now in this stage, but as you get older which the bad food you eat it will get ALOT worse. So to prevent that you should eat the following to help your body get rid of the rubbish that's accumulating inside you.
- a can of baked beans
- plenty of waterThe idea is to have lots of fibre in your body with the prescence of water it will makes your life so much easier.