Over the years there has been confusion concerning natural and organic foods.
Many people can not differentiate natural foods from organic, maybe because of how it is labeled and marketed.
Know The Facts
Organic food is defined as all foods that are grown in the absence of pesticides, fertilizers, irradiation, growth hormones, antibiotics and genetic engineering.
Furthermore, it is the product of organic farming where the system used in growing foods enhances biodiversity, soil biological activity and biological cycles.
Natural foods on the other hand are the foods that are prepared with little or no preservatives as well as chemical additives that are usually present in other processed products.
While it is true that organic foods will lessen the chemicals and pesticides that you get from chemically processed foods, it doesn’t mean that you get more health benefits out of it because even non- organic foods are still within safety levels and therefore organic foods are not necessarily more nutritious.
The reason why other people choose organic foods over traditional is because it tastes better, but in terms of health, there is not much of a difference.
Whether or not the food is organic, the chance of bacterial contamination in food is still uncontrollable.
On the other hand, there are other benefits of natural and organic foods which basically include better taste as it has better firmness and texture.
We are perfectly created, therefore even fats have an important role to play.
Having said this, let me describe fat.
Fat stores energy while it shields our vital organs.
It is also known as the passage system of fat-soluble vitamins.
Basically, we need it in our body but only in moderation.
Eating fat in large amounts will make us grow heavier and will increase the chance of reaching the level of obesity.
Get The Right Stuff
To stay in the health scope, we must only consume at most 55 to 60 grams of fats per day.
There are several types of fat and they are categorized in two broad categories which are, “The bad fats” and “The good fats”. Each type has different effects on your health.
The bad fats are identified as Trans fat and Saturated fat.
When vegetable oil undergoes a certain process called hydrogenation, trans fat is formed. This process causes the oil to harden; as a result hard fats are produced.
Trans fat increases bad cholesterol and decreases good cholesterol levels, this condition increases the risk of having heart disease. The most common sources of bad fats in our daily diet are fried food, cakes, pastries, cookies and the like.
Saturated fat works in the same way with trans fat. It increases bad cholesterol levels that cause heart diseases.
Some of the identified sources of saturated fat are fatty meat, margarine, dairy products that contain high fat and other food prepared with coconut milk and palm-based vegetable oil.
On the other hand, the two good fats are polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat.
These two reduce the bad cholesterol in the body, which in effect will keep the body healthy and away from chronic diseases.
Polyunsaturated fat reduces the dangers of blood clotting and decreases the risk of heart problems. Its major sources are the food rich in omega-3 like sardines, mackerel, salmon and longtail shad.
Other sources are canola oil, walnuts, sunflower oil, soybean oil and the like. Monounsaturated fat also reduces bad cholesterol in the body. The foods that are rich in monounsaturated fat are peanut oils, nuts, canola oil and olive oil.
Apparently, it is easier to exceed fats consumption than to stay in average.
But now that you already know the types of fats and their benefits, always choose the good over the bad. Strive to consume fats in moderation as even good fats when taken excessively can be harmful to your health.
Dietary carbohydrates, also known as saccharine have actual sugars and starches that are responsible in providing energy to humans, animals and even plants.
Carbs in a real sense have advantages and disadvantages, especially since right now food production has dramatically changed as well as how food is consumed.
Carbs have two types, monosaccharides and polysaccharides.
Monosaccharides can be easily digested and absorbed by the body. It is normally obtained in fruits and specific dairy products. Other sources of simple carbohydrates are pastas, white bread and white sugar.
Polysaccharides on the other hand take a longer period of time to be digested and absorbed by the body. It is normally found in vegetables, legumes, whole grain breads, brown rice and the like. Basically unrefined grains are good sources of complex carbs compared to refined grains, this is because the filtering process generally removes the fiber and nutrients present in grains.
Eating unrefined grain products will give you lasting energy.
While carbs are essential in the body, we must make sure that we are picking the right carbs to consume. To do that, we need to understand carbs even better and know how to use them in our advantage.
The catch is, we need to eat the right carbs that our body needs in order for us to sustain the right energy.
It is recommended by the experts that for an adult’s dietary energy, 40 to 65% percent of it must come from carbs and around 10% of it should be simple carbs.
Too many cravings of high-glycemic foods will not only make us fat but also increases the risk of acquiring diabetes.
Talking about diabetes and weight problems, cutting all carbs in your diet is definitely not the solution.
Carbohydrates are very important in providing our body with enough nutrients, vitamins and soluble fiber that is good in maintaining healthy sugar and cholesterol levels.
So how do we choose the right carbs?
Here’s how. Switch from low- glycemic foods and reduce calorie intake to at most 250-500 calories per day. Allow yourself to consume 20g to 35g of fiber in a day.
One of the best sources of fiber is whole grain foods.
The protein is known as very low in carbs.
Consume foods that are lean in protein such as not fat dairy products, skinless poultry, tofu, legumes and fish.
On the other hand, you must avoid foods that are high in saturated fats like pork, high-fat dairy products and beef.
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