Eating Right – Back To School
Air water and food are the most natural and essential factors for life on Earth. . These three life-giving components were supposed to be consumed in their natural and pure form. The first two have escaped the cruel handling of human beings to some extent, but the last one – Food is adulterated to its maximum limit.
Where the discovery of fire has several advantages accrued to it, it also introduced cooked food, which was further complicated by the invention of spices and various methods of cooking, leading to various diseases.
Many of modern days disorder such as heart ailments, blood pressure and obesity is directly related to the food we eat. We eat too much and work very less as compared to our hardworking ancestors.
In the series for Eating Right, let us find out the basic components of food which most of us have learned during our school days. The food pyramid must not be a new concept for us, but to assimilate it in our daily diet is certainly a new area for many to dwell upon.
Food Pyramid: I have a fair idea about the food pyramid, which I thought was good enough for my biology exam only 🙂 Let us revise the lessons we learned in our school days for better
The pyramid is a beautiful presentation of foods available to us. The base of the pyramid is for those foods, which are most important and should be used in our daily cooking more often. While the top most layer is reserved for those foods, which are less important and should be consumed sparingly.
Carbohydrates: Energy yielding foods such as cereals, pulses and wholegrain and some starchy veggies – potato, sweet potato etc. Fats are also included in this category which provide extra energy to the body, eg nuts, oil, sugar, jaggery etc.
Wholegrain such as oats, brown rice provides complex carbohydrates, which take longer time to digest, thereby releasing the sugar levels in the blood at a slower rate. Include wholegrain for better health benefits. Substitute white rice with brown rice and eat oatmeal porridge more often.
Protein: Body building foods, which are necessary for the growth and development of our body cells and muscles.
Vitamins & Minerals: Protector foods, which build immunity and help, fight diseases. Milk, green vegetables and fruits are loaded with vitamins and many important minerals.
We must choose from different categories of food groups to optimize our cooking and stay healthy. As cooking our daily meals keeping in mind these food groups will go a great way to a disease free healthy living.
It is time we give importance to the food we eat if we value health, and think beyond satisfying our taste buds only. We should learn ‘What to eat’ and yearn for ‘ Why to eat what we eat’.
Eating right and staying healthy, cause we deserve it!