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William Maurice Instructor: Leonard Leblanc An Invitation to Health Winter/Spring Semester NSCC 2007 UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION By: William Maurice
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William Maurice Instructor: Leonard Leblanc Living with Health Winter/Spring Semester NSCC 2007 UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION I decided to write my paper on Nutrition, because I wanted to know more about becoming healthier. Most people know that good nutrition is important for good health. Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) is the daily amounts of essential nutrients that will prevent deficiencies in most healthy people. Not many people realize the importance a healthy diet can have on their health for years to come. To help us stay healthy a person should eat a variety of foods, maintain ideal weight, avoid too much fat, and eat foods with enough starch and fiber. A good diet helps children grow, develop, and do well in school. It also helps young and older adults to work productively and feel their best. A healthy diet can also lessen the risk factors for obesity and high blood pressure. For our benefit, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued Dietary Guidelines. These guidelines are designed to help Americans choose the recommended number of daily servings from each of the five different food groups; Bread, Meat, Vegetable, Fruit, and Dairy. The Nutrition Facts Label is made to help you buy foods that will meet the Dietary Guidelines. Most processed foods now carry nutrition information. People need energy and essential nutrients. These nutrients are essential because the body cannot make them and has to get them from food. People who are less active or are trying to lose weight will eat less food and will have problems meeting their nutrient needs. Almost all Americans need to be more active, because an inactive lifestyle is unhealthy.
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In order to stay at the same body weight, people need to balance the amount of energy in food with the amount of energy the body uses. People need to start putting more energy into daily activities. The pattern of eating is also important. Snacks provide a large amount of calories for many Americans. Unless nutritious snacks are part of the daily diet, snacking will cause weight gain. Also binge eating and fasting will add to weight problems. Maintaining weight in older people is important because they usually lose weight as they age; some of that weight is muscle. People need to exercise regularly to maintain muscle, to feel better and to reduce the risk of falls and broken bones. The quality and variety of food in the United States allow almost everyone to have a nutritious diet. Nutrients are divided into five major groups; proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Each of these food components have a special function in the body, and all of them together are needed for overall health. The body uses energy to function and keep itself at a constant temperature. Scientists have been able to find out that the body gets its fuel from carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Carbohydrates are the
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course DRUG AND A 201 taught by Professor Foley during the Spring '08 term at North Shore.

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