Fun Facts About Nutrition:
Nutrition plays a significant role in our daily life. Food or liquids affect our body and health because each food or beverage contains particular nutrition, which is very necessary for our physical and mental growth. A specific level of any particular nutrition is essential for our body. So, we should know what food we have to take, how much, and what type of nutrition contains a particular food. There is a lot of controversy in nutrition, and it often seems like people cannot agree on anything. But there are a few exceptions to this.
Top Ten Nutrition Facts:
1. Added Sugar is a Disaster
- It improves the taste of processed foods.
- Common types of sugar are corn syrup and table sugar. Added sugar contains empty calories.
2. Omega-3 Fats Are Crucial, and Most People Do Not Get Enough
- The three main types of omega-3 fats are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
- ALA comes mostly from plant oils, while the best sources of EPA and DHA are fatty fish, fish oils, and certain algal oils.
- Other good sources of EPA and DHA are grass-fed meat and omega-3 enriched or pastured eggs.
3. There is No Perfect Diet for Everyone
- People are all unique. Subtle differences in genetics, body type, physical activity, and environment can affect which kind of diet you should follow.
- Some people do best on a low-carb diet, while others are better off on a vegetarian high-carb diet.
- What works for one person may not work for the next, and to figure out what you should do, you may need to experiment.
4. Artificial Trans Fats Are Very Unhealthy
- Food producers often use hydrogenation to harden vegetable oils for use in products such as margarine.
- A high intake of trans fats is associated with various chronic diseases, such as abdominal obesity, inflammation, and heart disease.
5. Eating Vegetables Will Improve Your Health
- They are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and an endless variety of trace nutrients that science has just begun to uncover.
6. It is Critical to Avoid a Vitamin D Deficiency
- If getting more sun is not an option, taking a vitamin D supplement or a tablespoon of cod liver oil each day is the best way to prevent or reverse a deficiency.
7. Refined Carbohydrates Are Bad for You
- Unrefined carbs are whole foods that are rich in carbs.
- These include whole-grain cereals, beans, vegetables, and fruits. Refined carbs, on the other hand, are sugar and refined flour.
- Eating refined carbs will also cause rapid spikes in blood sugar.
- While high blood sugar levels are unhealthy for all people, they are a much greater concern in people with diabetes.
8. Supplements Can Never Fully Replace Real Foods
- “Nutritionism” is the idea that foods are nothing more than the sum of their nutrients.
- The vitamins and minerals you can also get from a cheap multivitamin are just a tiny part of the total nutrients in foods.
- However, many supplements can be beneficial, especially those containing nutrients generally lacking in the diet, like vitamin D.
9. “Diets” Don’t Work— a Lifestyle Change is Necessary
- “Diets” are ineffective. That is a fact.
- They may provide short-term results, but you will gain the weight back as soon as the diet ends and you start eating junk food again, and then some, and this is called yo-yo dieting and is extremely common.
- Most people who lose a lot of weight on a diet gain it back whenever they “stop” the diet.
- For this reason, the only thing that can give you actual long-term results is to adopt a lifestyle change.
10. Unprocessed Food is Healthiest
- Food processing removes many of the beneficial nutrients in the food during its process.
- Additionally, processed foods have all sorts of artificial chemicals, some of which have a questionable safety profile.
Why Do Physical Therapists Care About Your Health?
Physical therapists treat their patients using a holistic approach that considers the impact of exercise on the whole person. Nutrition plays a pivotal role in the healing process and can either enhance or hinder a patient’s recovery from musculoskeletal injury. Conversely, the entire person (including diet) can have a significant impact on exercise. Diet can influence the risk of chronic disorders such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Being aware of the role of dietary factors in patient outcomes will enhance the physical therapy practice.
Thomas Edison once predicted that “the doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”