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If the word “Diet” instantly makes you think of an unpleasant weight-loss program, you are probably not alone. Thanks to food products marketing, the use of the term “diet” usually describes foods low in calories, such as Diet Soda.
But there is another meaning of this word ‘Diet’ which refers to the food and drink a person consumes daily, and the mental, physical circumstances connected to eating. Nutrition involves more than simply eating a “good” diet – it is about nourishment on each level. Choices about nourishment are closely linked to other human beings and other life forms on earth, so healthy and unhealthy decisions both have great impact.
Food and beverages provide the energy and nutrients you need to improve health, manage disease, and reduce the risk of disease.
Amidst all the hype, numerous studies show that good food choices have a positive impact on health, and poor diets have negative and long-term effects. The facts are:
What experts recommend for healthy eating:
Overall, focus on eating patterns rather than individual dietary components, follow a healthy eating pattern that incorporates a variety of nutrient-dense foods and beverages. The healthy dietary guidelines recommend that you should:
Dietetics is the application of knowledge about food and nutrition to help people achieve and maintain health throughout the life span. An important component of health care, dietetics involves helping people meet their nutritional needs in health and disease through diet counseling and nutrition support. Dietetics integrates knowledge of food, nutrition, management, basic sciences, and social sciences to improve the dietary intake and health of individuals and communities.
In nutrition, diet is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism. The word diet often implies the use of specific intake of nutrition for health or weight-management reasons (with the two often being related).