Nutrition is the science that links foods to health and disease (Wardlaw & Smith, 2011). It includes the processes by which the human organism ingests, digests, absorbs, transports, and excretes food substances (Wardlaw & Smith, 2011). It is a key to developing and maintaining an optimal state of health for you. Nutrition is vital for growth and maintenance of a healthy body throughout life. Nutrition provides the energy your body needs to function. A good nutritious diet will provide you with those phytochemicals and antioxidants that will help keep you feeling young, and looking great.
Food Intake - 3 Days.
Eating a balanced diet means choosing a variety of foods and drinks from all of the food groups. When you eat a balanced diet, you will consume things in moderation such as fats, refined sugar, salt and alcohol. The goal is to take in nutrients you need for health at the recommended levels. One way to balance your diet as you consume a variety of foods is to select foods from each of the six major food groups every day (Wardlaw & Smith, 2011). Healthy food promotes good health while unhealthy food leads to weight gain and some diseases. Foods contain vital nutrients that aid our body's metabolic function. A lack of these nutrients leads to an accumulation of toxins within the body, resulting in chronic diseases. Protein, carbohydrates and lipids are nutrients the human body needs in order to function. .
Protein is the building blocks within the human body. Protein is used in the body to build tissue, bones, cartilage and skin. Proteins also help to make enzymes and hormones within the human body. I consumed a total of 338 kCal of protein, which is within the acceptable macronutrient range. The foods that provided the most protein in my recorded daily intake are the Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich, cooked ground chicken crumbles and whole, wheat Bruegger's Bagels. I consumed an adequate amount of protein.