“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers…

An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers……….
An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

The Knowledge Library

Why Healthy Foods are Important for Daily Life?

Because unhealthy food habits not only degrade your physical wellness but also your mental fitness.

Effects of Wrong Eating Habits

An immediate effect of the wrong choice of food on our health is excessive weight gain within a short span of time or obesity. Next in line are problems like diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure, weak bones, or maybe even slow brain development, memory loss, etc. It is imperative to eat healthily and eat right in order to stay healthy.

Did You Know?
Eating unhealthy food can affect your energy levels as well. You may find yourself feeling tired, sleepy, and fatigued more often when you consume fatty and sugary foods.

What Is Healthy Eating?

Healthy eating does not mean having only boiled meals, eating less, or saying no to fat. Healthy food habits involve switching to a well-balanced, nutritious diet, i.e., eating everything in the right amount and at the right time and with the right combination. Don’t completely exclude fats or overdo the fibers and proteins! Also, remember that children should be given a mix and match of all types of food because this is the age for physical and mental development .

Why Should We Eat Healthy Food?

  • What we eat provides all the essential nutrients to our bodies. This supplies our body with the right amount of energy to do our daily work. And all these nutrients come only from healthy food, not anything and everything we eat.
  • Healthy food is needed to stimulate the growth hormones that will increase our height gradually with age.
  • Healthy food is also needed for the functioning of our system. All the nutrients derived from healthy food trigger body cells and brain cells to actively run and perform their task.
  • Healthy food improves the immune system, preventing you from falling sick easily. A strong immunity fights against all disease- causing bacteria and viruses.
  • It is generally advised to cut out fat from our diet. This is often mistaken as entirely excluding even healthy fats. The unhealthy fats that should not be eaten are called saturated, and trans- fats. Monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, omega 3, and omega 6 fatty acids are very important for our health, just like proteins and vitamins. These fats get stored under skin cells which get transformed into energy required for physical and mental activities. It is important that we include these in our daily diet.
  • Healthy food can help you maintain a well-shaped body without falling into the evil trap of weight gain or obesity.

Different Nutrients and Their Importance:

By eating a balanced diet, we get all the nutrients that are necessary for healthy living. These include macronutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, water, and fiber.

Let’s see in detail the importance of all these nutrients in our diet:

1. Proteins

Protein-rich foods like meat and eggs are essential for good health

A very important nutrient that should be included in our daily diet.

  • Proteins are needed to build up new tissues and renew old tissues.
  • It protects the muscles which are non-fat tissue mass.
  • Proteins are also needed for the production of enzymes and hormones that control the various functions of our body.

People on a diet often end up avoiding protein intake in their diet. This is not very healthy as it may weaken the muscles, making them prone to injury.


  • All dairy products
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Pulses
  • Soya
Other plant-based sources of protein are tofu, tempeh, edamame, beans, hemp seeds, spirulina, seitan, bread made from sprouted grains, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, artichokes, spelt (grain), chia seeds, nectarines, guava, and blackberries.

2. Carbohydrates

The ultimate energy sources for your body, carbohydrates are the power suppliers to your body.

  • Energy is needed in large quantities in adolescents and adults.
  • It is essential for your growth and development, to increase the metabolic rate and helps you remain active throughout the day.
  • Intake of sufficient amounts of carbohydrates in food prevents the conversion of proteins into fat.


  • Potatoes
  • Bread
  • Various grains and cereals

3. Fat:

Fats-rich food like meat, cheese, milk and almonds are essential for good health

Get rid of the misconception that you don’t need fats in your diet.

Fats are very important in your diet, although they should be only the unsaturated fats and omega-3 and 6 fats. Below are some reasons why fat is so important for us:

  • Fats provide energy
  • They form cell membranes
  • Some vitamins like vitamins A, E, D and K need fat to get absorbed.
  • They produce hormones.
  • Fats form a layer beneath our skin protecting muscles and at the same time provide warmth to our body.


  • Nuts and seeds.
  • Replace your normal cooking oil with olive oil or canola oil.

4. Vitamins And Minerals

These nutrients are essential for our body although in smaller quantities compared to proteins and carbohydrates. Although in small amounts, they should be a part of our daily diet, and deficiency of any of them may lead to serious health problems.

5. Fiber

Fibers are needed to normalize our bowel movements. They also help prevent some serious chronic diseases like cardiovascular conditions, cancer, and diabetes.

6. Iron

It is an essential nutrient that helps to maintain our hemoglobin level, develop brain cells, and increase concentration.

7. Calcium

Calcium-rich foods like milk, cheese and yogurt are essential for good health

It develops teeth and bones and strengthens them, preventing them from fracture. Good calcium intake in our diet also prevents the chances of developing osteoporosis.

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