what is balance diet?

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1 year ago
A balanced diet refers to balance of food groups or protein fat and carbohydrate, fluid, and calories. In order to maintain optimal health and weight, an overall balanced diet is key. The balance of food groups, fluid, and calories is dependent on the individual. For example a sport athlete will have a very different ideal nutritional balance need than a sedentary person. In general, a balance of 50% carbohydrate, 30% fat, and 20% protein is recommended. Total calories is dependent upon the individual, and ideal fluid is about half of body weight in pounds in ounces.
1 year ago
A balanced diet includes:
Plenty of fruit and
vegetables. According to NHS
guidelines, getting your five-a-
day means eating at least five
80g portions of fruit and
vegetables – which is easier
than you might think. Fresh,
canned, dried, and frozen
vegetables all count towards
this aspect of a healthy
balanced diet, and it’s simple
to up your intake by stirring
vegetables into stews, curries,
soups, and casseroles, or
topping your breakfast, snack,
or dessert with a portion of
fruit.The main exception to the
five-a-day rule is potatoes –
they are considered starchy
foods (see below).
Starchy foods, including
bread, pasta, rice, grains, and
potatoes. In the balanced diet
chart, starchy foods cover
about a third of overall food
consumption. Providing
energy and essential nutrients,
starchy foods can also be a
good source of fibre,
particularly the wholegrain or
brown varieties and potatoes
eaten with their skins. Studies
on oats suggest that a daily
intake of 3g beta-glucan (a
kind of fibre found in oats)
can lower cholesterol as part
of a healthy diet and lifestyle*.
Non-dairy protein, including
fish, pulses, nuts, eggs, and
meat. Protein contributes to
the growth and maintenance
of muscles. When it comes to
maintaining a desirable
cholesterol level, the type of fat
contained in the protein we
eat is important. Nuts and oily
fish are good sources of
unsaturated fat, which can
help reduce cholesterol levels
when used as a replacement
for saturated fats as part of a
healthy balanced diet.*Foods
within this group can also be
a great source of fibre: pulses
(such as beans, lentils, and
peas) and nuts are all good
options for increasing the
amount of fibre in your diet.
Milk and other dairy
foods. Milk and other dairy
products like cheese, cream,
and butter are also good
sources of protein or minerals
like calcium, but are often high
in saturated fat – especially full
fat variants. For a healthy
balanced diet, opt for reduced
fat or reduced saturated fat
versions, such as skimmed
milk or vegetable oil based
soft spreads.
Fat and sugar.As you can see
from the healthy balanced diet
pie chart above, visible fat (fat
you can see, such as oils,
butter, or the fat you can cut
off meat) and sugar should
account for a quite small
portion of our overall diet.Fats
supply us with energy and
essential fatty acids the body
needs, but cannot produce.
However – as with the
“invisible fat” found in other
kinds of food – the visible
types of fat we eat need to be
as good as possible. Total fat
and total saturated fat intake
through our diet needs to be
within the recommended
limits. According to the NHS:
The average man should eat
under 30g of saturated fat a
day, 95g of fat in total.
The average woman should
eat under 20g of saturated
fat a day, 70g of fat in total.
1 year ago
Balance diet is a diet that contains all the six classes of food and in the right proportion.
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