What should go into each meal to achieve a balance depends on age, sleep, stress, and activity levels of each individual. Contrary to belief that all fats are unhealthy, cold-pressed oils, non-pasteurized milk, and milk products like butter, cheese, and ghee are actually beneficial for you. Avoid palm oil, vegetable ghee, margarine, processed foods, sugar, fries, refined flours, excessive protein, etc.
There is a lot of focus these days on eating correctly.
The world over, various debates are raging as to what the correct way to eat is. There is constant debate especially regarding how much carbohydrates, fats, or proteins one should eat. There are for and against camps for everything.
Add to this various fad diets, like ketogenic diet plans or caveman plans, and the confusion is utter.
In all of this clutter, it is essential to figure out what is important.
Let us look at some interesting facts and researches related to diet and nutrition.
Research And Facts
- There is now no significant evidence to show that having good-quality natural fats is bad for health. You can have all milk-based products, including butter and cheese. The problem with cheese and butter is the quantity of salt in it.
- Ghee made of milk is superbly healthy and required by the body.
- Full-fat, preferably non-pasteurized, milk is the best.
- Good-quality, cold-pressed oils are good for health and are required daily in small quantities.
- Palm oil, vegetable ghee, and margarine is not so good and need to be avoided.
- Good-quality fats do not lead to high cholesterol. It is processed foods, sugar, fried food, pastries, refined flours, red meat, and excess of grains that causes health problems.
- High cholesterol by itself means nothing and is not shown to increase the risk of heart problems.
- Eating “non-balanced” diets in the wrong quantities leads to problems.
- High amounts of protein are not good for health. If you are having lots of protein, please reduce it unless you are a body builder or athlete. Most individuals can make do with 15 to 30 gm of protein in a day and remain perfectly healthy.
- Vegetables and fruits are the secret to good health.
- The body needs all types of nutrients, including micronutrients. The quantities vary depending on your constitution and health.
These are just some of the interesting facts related to diet and nutrition. There is so much more available, but it is all lost in the clutter of fad diets, doctors’ lobbies, food processing industry, so-called nutrition experts, and other vested interests.
The Right Combination
Interestingly, there is no right combination applicable to any individual. You have to find out for yourself what the right combination of nutrients to eat is.
All of these vary between individuals and even for an individual based on the following:
- Activity levels
- Sleep levels
- Stress levels
- Exercise and physical activities
- Nature of profession or job
Season plays a big role in diet. Based on weather and season, your diet should undergo a change.
Sex of the individual does not matter much. The only times nutrition or diet may vary for women are during pregnancy and menopause. Else, it’s pretty much the same for men and women.
So all of this tells us that we need to watch out for ourselves and be observant.
Nutrition and diet is more of a process, and we need some great guidelines to get us going.
Now that we have figured out that we are our own masters so long as diet is concerned, let us start building our own balanced diet plans and eat for good health.