Any food or even beverage with alterations made in the recipe for reducing carbohydrates, fats, or sugar to include this in the weight loss program or diet is termed as ‘Diet Food’.
There are major food groups that need to be included in your diet, for it to be considered as ‘healthy’. These include
- Vegetables and beans or legumes
- Grain, whole grains preferred or high fiber cereal
- Lean meats along with eggs, fish, tofu, seeds, nuts
- Yogurt, milk, cheese
Foods are normally grouped together as they provide key nutrients in similar amounts. Eating a diet that is well-balanced and varied means eating different foods from the five groups mentioned above. You also need to ensure to choose the combination of foods that is interesting and enjoyable.
What are the Benefits of Diet Foods?
There are multiple benefits offered by diet foods. Listed below are just a few of these.
1. Improving the Health of the Heart
Consuming unhealthy foods, like alcohol and junk food, in excess affects the heart health. There is a rise in the levels of triglycerides and cholesterol. The muscles of the heart get weak and there is a great possibility of going through a heart attack, which can be fatal at times.
Including fruits, vegetables and different juices in your diet can improve the heart health and lower the bad cholesterol.
2. Losing Weight
Overweight and obesity are health issues globally. This problem can be reduced with healthy eating. Whole fruits, vegetables and lean protein need to be consumed on a daily basis. This helps in losing the excessive weight and spares you from the risks of different ailments.
3. Increasing Immunity
It is important to ensure that your immune system is healthy. This can avoid different infections, flu and other ailments. A healthy immune system also helps you recover fast if you are suffering from any minor ailment.
Include foods that are enriched with antioxidants for the health of your immune system.
4. Improving Digestion
Good gut health is important for overall health. This is possible when you include different vitamins, minerals and also probiotics in your diet. To maintain gut health, you need to increase the intake of dietary fiber. Though this cannot be digested by your body, the good bacteria of the gut tend to ferment this.
This dietary fiber adds bulk to your stool and improves your digestion.
You need to be aware that eating healthy means maintaining a balance. You can include your favorite foods in your diet, but this needs to be done once in a while. These types of foods need to be balanced with healthy foods and a good amount of exercise.
Tips for Comfort Foods
- Eat these one in a while
- Eat small amounts
- Try a version with low-calorie
Cooking the ‘right’ way can help the foods retain their nutrients. Roasting and frying are considered as ‘unhealthy’. A little effort is all that is required to remain healthy and fit.