We're all aware we should be eating more of some foods than others, and focus on certain nutrients for health – but why exactly is this important? What actually happens inside our body to make some foods better/worse for us than others?
Essentially our body needs a wide variety of nutrients to function correctly at a cellular level and it gets these from our diet. However it is possible to consume some nutrients in excess which can put a strain on some areas of our body, so getting the balance right is essential to help our body function correctly and have the best chance of warding off disease and degeneration.
Two key elements of a healthy diet are fruits and vegetables, and fibre. If you’re hitting the targets for these, you’re getting off on the right foot. Here's why...
Because they're very good for us, that's why! The nutrients they contain are incredibly important for helping our body function correctly. If we didn't eat any fruits and vegetables, we'd be at risk of nutritional deficiencies which can lead to health problems, their importance is right up there with water and the air that we breath!
Here are some of the nutrients fruits and vegetables contain:
Research has also shown a direct correlation between people who eat lots of fruits and vegetables and a reduced risk of various diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, some cancers and diabetes.
Tip! Variety is key. More colours means more nutrients, so eat a rainbow!
Fibre is arguably a super nutrient! It’s undeniably good for our health and we should all be eating more of it where we can – currently the UK average intake is around 17-20g, but we should be eating closer to 30g a day.
Why do we love fibre?
Nutritionist Emma White (ANutr), MSc Human Nutrition is passionate about how food science applies to the human body, and how the nutrients in what we eat affect us and ultimately have an impact on our health.