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Benefits Of Healthy Eating

Oct 18, 2007
The key element for healthy human development and good health is a healthy eating plan from prenatal to early childhood. Healthy eating is not only essential for healthy development, but also to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases which is critical to your child's well being. It is generally agreed right across the board, that it is better to undertake the basic dietary principles of eating less, doing more exercise, eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis along with whole grains and also to avoid a large consumption of junk food.

Listed below are some of the benefits of healthy eating.

Cancer Prevention

For years past, it has been believed that eating a healthy diet with the correct foods is more likely to prevent cancer. The foods included in this speculation are fruits and vegetables, which are full of antioxidants, which are thought to contain certain properties to fight cancer, along with low fat and high fiber foods. Although media reports are rife about bad diets causing cancer and good diets preventing cancer, the link between diet and cancer is a little tenuous. However, new studies are showing that women that eat a diet which is low in meat and high in fruit actually decrease their risk for breast and colon cancer.

Fruit and Vegetables

Almost always low in calories and fat are fruits and vegetables, and they are generally highly nutritious also. It is advised to east fruit and vegetables as a healthy snack, rather than a sugar-based product. It is generally recommended to eat seven servings of fruit and vegetables daily as part of a healthy diet. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains also contain fiber, which help to keep the bowels healthy.


For those people who have a fast lifestyle and leave early for work, or have a heavy schedule or a demanding family, then they can very often find that their energy levels can drop, therefore having no capability to undertake additional exercise. Vitamins and Minerals such as iron and B12 supply the body with the energy it needs throughout the day. It is important to ensure that you select the foods that provide the body with energy and nutrients.

Sugary drinks should be avoided at all times, as they are certainly an empty source of energy. Ensuring a healthy eating plan will not only increase your energy levels, but also improve the way in which your body functions, as well as strengthen your immune system and delay weight gain.


Cholesterol is something which is present in every part of the body, including the brain, nerves, muscle, skin, liver, intestines and heart. Cholesterol travels in your blood in packages called lipoproteins. However, it is essential to remember that not all cholesterol is actually bad for you. It is in truth, a natural substance which serves as a building block in the body for cells and hormones, and helps fat to travel through the blood vessels for use or storage in other parts of the body. However, a high blood cholesterol level can lead to a build-up of plaque in your arteries, which can in effect increase the risk of heart disease. There are, however, certain types of fiber, including oats, which can help to lower cholesterol and maintain normal blood sugar levels, as part of a healthy diet.


It is advised, that in order to maintain the required energy levels and healthy weight, that three meals and two snacks are consumed every day. If you skip meals or are over-hungry, then you may be more likely to overeat or choose a non-nutritional food. Since it has been proven that your body takes 20 minutes to feel full, then attempt to relax and eat slowly so that your meal times last 20 minutes. This is also much better for the digestion system.

It is generally believed that it actually costs more to purchase healthy foods. However, purchasing your items, such as fruit and vegetables, in the right place such as a fruit and vegetable market, rather than a store, will result in them being much cheaper. With some careful planning, it is possible to produce some cheap and exciting meals for both you and your family.
About the Author
Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of My-Personal-Growth.com, a site that provides information and articles for self improvement and personal growth and development.
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