healthy eating

Why is healthy eating important?

There is good evidence that eating a healthy diet can reduce your risk of obesity and illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and some types of cancer.

The food you eat contains several different types of nutrients, which are all required for the many vital processes in your body. Key nutrients in your diet include the following.
Carbohydrates provide you with energy.
Proteins are another source of energy and essential for the growth and repair of all tissues in your body.
Fats are a very concentrated source of energy and also have a number of other roles, including helping to transport essential vitamins around your body.
Vitamins and minerals are important to keep your body healthy and functioning.
Another important element of your diet is fibre. Fibre isn’t classed as a nutrient, but it’s essential to keep your digestive system healthy and certain types of fibre can help to control your blood cholesterol levels.


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