Diet Does Affect Health

When you talk about your health and you can say with your hand on your heart that you are either enjoying it or not as the case may be, how often do you register the connection with your state of health and what you are predominantly eating? There is really no getting away from it, the old saying "you are what you eat" is pretty accurate on so many levels. Yet its baffling that so few people actually get it!

Part of the problem that many people have is working out how diet affects health in the first place. Its easy to say that you should eat this or that and not eat this and not drink that, but the big question that everyone wants to ask is WHY?

Why Can't I Eat That?

Why can't you eat that juicy hamburger and large fries then wash it down with a king size soda? Or why can't you happily tuck into that amazingly large sandwich filled with just about everything conceivable? And why must you only eat salads and steamed vegetables and drink only plain water?

Well, just reading that last short paragraph will bring about a knowing nod of the head for most people. That's because we all know that doctors and dietitians tell us that we should eat the healthy sounding things and not eat all the other great tasting things we really want to eat!

The reasons are pretty simple too, when you stop and think about them. A good rule of thumb is to ensure that you eat predominantly real food (as opposed to processed food), which means you have to prepare and cook it yourself and not get it from a packet!

Junk food like hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza etc and fried foods in general are all bad for our health because of the high levels of saturated fats they contain, as well as bunch of artificial additives to make them taste so good that we want to eat them all the time. We want to eat them more because a lot of those additives when combined with the saturated fats actually make these foods slightly addictive!

No Soda Please!

Soda is a real bad choice of drink because it is a lot of empty calories that end up on the waistline because the body can't burn the energy in most cases, so the insulin rush that accompanies the rush of sugar from soda causes all that excess sugar to be carried out of the bloodstream and stored as the most dangerous kind of fat when it comes to our health, which is visceral fat (belly fat).

Why salads and vegetables are good for us is because they don't contain artificial additives and they don't contain any saturated fats. They do contain a lot of the important nutrients our bodies need for a healthy state of being and plain water is the perfect thing to hydrate those bodies, again because its pure, free of any additives or sugar and is what our bodies are mostly made up of (70% water).

As with most things, as long as you keep to a relatively simple diet that provides all the nutrition your body needs without all the extra baggage of processed junk, you should be fine.

This article is not going to go into all the foods that we can and can't eat, or it will be as long as a book! Suffice it to say that these are just the basic things you need to know about eating and drinking sensibly to enjoy better health. The rest is up to you!