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Take a minute to think about the food you eat

Updated on October 21, 2013

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The food we eat

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Ham not harmful

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Eat a little of everything

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Protein:carbohydrates: Fat: Vitamins: Minerals: Water

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Food is more than what meets the eyes

We have to have carbohydrates: protein: fat: vitamins: minerals: water. These constitute our meals.

We can think about our food intimately, this way we can savor, critique and enjoy the various dishes better. Most stories on food do end up being a cook book or nutrition guide. Like manners passed from one generation to another, the subject about food still endures. It will continue to be given in various styles. These are the 18 points to think about:


1. We do eat to provide our body with principle substances. These substances affect health, energy and life. These substances are carbohydrates, protein, fiber, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.


2. Generally speaking food is not dangerous and it is the only way humans feed. But foods if eaten wrongly can be dangerous. There are dangers it can cause as a result of ingestion. These are: suffocation when food has passed into the air way; high salt and sugar ingestion; high fat ingestion; allergies; and the condition of the body known as one's somato type.


3. Somato type is one's body shape. This serves as a cue in signaling health, fitness and fertility levels. A rudiment way of typing out one's somato type is to imagine the body shape with: an hour glass, barrel, rectangle, upright triangle and down turned triangle.


4. The substances in food are: carbohydrates, protein, fiber, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.


5. Carbohydrate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbohydrate)is an organic substance comprised of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Carbohydrates are stored energy. They are broken down and this stored energy is used by human cells to


6.Examples are grain products, bread, candy, jams, pasta, spaghetti, potatoes or bananas.


7. Ingesting too much carbohydrates foods is not good. It causes a high concentration of sugars in the blood. With time this is what may cause diabetes in a person. Such a person often is faced with dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. This is a risk to heart disease and obesity.


8. 1 grams of carbohydrates to get 4 calories. 1 calorie is 4184 joules. A calorie is a unit used to measure the amount of heat necessary to raise the temperature of one gram of water to one degree centigrade. It takes 4 gm of carbohydrates to burn 1 calorie. It takes 4 gm of protein to burn 1 calorie. It takes 7 gm of alcohol to burn 1 calorie. It takes 9 gm to burn 1 calorie.


9. Protein (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein) is a large molecule containing one or more amino acids. Protein perform duties. They are transport platforms on which other molecules are delivered all over the body. Protein also enables chemical and metabolic reactions to take place in an enzyme form.


10. Examples are meat, fish, fish oils, animal oils or fats, beans, nuts and some food crops.


11. Ingesting too much protein foods. The broken down protein is stored in the body in a form that makes one susceptible to obesity.


12. Fats (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat) are a wide group of compounds from lard, fish, oils, blubber, ghee and butter. Fats have hydrogen bonds. The number can be in large numbers or small numbers. When it is large numbers the fat is said to be saturated. When hydrogen bonds are fewer the fat is said to be saturated. Some animal fats are saturated fats. Olive and linseed oils are unsaturated fats.


13. Fats are the transport mechanism for vitamins A, D, E and K. Fats are used to store other food molecules and make up the bulk of the skin tissues.


14. Ingesting too much fatty foods makes one susceptible to fat cell enlargement. If this is combined with a high level of adiponectin hormone, low magnesium intake and low exercise leads to weight gain. Weight gain most of the times leads to obesity if not watched.


15. The best food group combinations should be such that daily calorific in take from carbohydrates is higher, followed by daily calorific intake from proteins, followed by fats. Carbohydrates would be at 45%-65%. Protein should be at 40%-50% and Fat should be 25%-40%.


16. Vitamins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin) are essential for the body but are in trace amounts. They are mostly accessed as a supplementary to the food we eat. Fruits have an abundance of vitamins as well as the liver. Vitamins are vital in regulating the way food is broken down in the body. A deficiency of vitamins can cause bleeding that may not stop, night blindness and complications.


17. Minerals (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral) are naturally occurring. In the body they offer surfaces on which oxygen, carbon and hydrogen are attached. These sites are known as radicals. Minerals are important in sensory communication. This is what enables our body to respond to stimuli. Lack of minerals therefore leads complications and eventual death.

18. Water ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water) is vital in life. It is a universal solvent, supplies oxygen, hydrogen and charges that are vital for making bigger or smaller molecules. This is known as anabolism or catabolism. Without it chemical reactions do not take place. Without water it is not possible to make other molecules as stock or as extra amounts.

Conclusion:

Once one thinks of these 18 points, it will help to appreciate two things: we feed to survive and we need to engage in certain practices that will not be dangerous to our bodies. This practices could be as a result of doctor's advice or our own body's reactions.








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