Article by Kimberly Wang - Central Bucks South High School
Model: Ally Paul - Penn Charter
Photography: Conway Productions Inc.
Inspiring Teens Magazine: itmgz.com
Summer 2016 Issue
Healthy foods and healthy eating habits can really affect the way you feel throughout the day. Did you ever have a day where you just ate doughnuts or cookies, chips and tons of carbohydrates? Well, how did it make you feel? I know on days I have done just that and I felt sluggish and had no energy level. On the other hand, did you ever have a day where you ate lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole wheat items and no soda? If not, then try it! The results on the way you feel will be incredibly different.
Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations or depriving yourself of the foods you love. It’s about feeling good and having more energy by making good food choices to help your body function properly.
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is far better than taking supplements offering the same nutrients. The vitamins in produce promote healthy skin, teeth and gums, as well as many internal functions we cannot see, such as proper connective tissue development, cell growth and nerve impulses. In addition to boosting up your energy level, eating produce has other health benefits as well. A high fiber, low-fat diet has been found to lower the risk of cancer and to decrease the risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. A diet high in fiber has been shown to protect against colon cancer. Some examples of foods high in fiber include: blackberries, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges and raspberries.
Have you ever heard the saying that carrots are “good for your eye”. Carrots are high in vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in dim light. Some examples of foods high in vitamin A are carrots, apricots, romaine lettuce, cantaloupes, mangos, peaches, spinach and sweet potatoes.
Vitamin C promotes healing and may help in preventing cataracts. Foods high in vitamin C include oranges, broccoli, grapefruit, strawberries, and green peppers.
Iron is good for your blood. It is necessary for the formation of hemoglobin which carries oxygen in the blood. Good sources of iron include: lentils, chickpeas pink and white beans.
Folate is essential to the growth and function of new cells. It is very important for pregnant woman to help prevent some birth defects. Foods high in folate include: asparagus, spinach, strawberries chickpeas and lima beans.
Leading health experts agree that fruits and vegetable are an essential part of everyone’s daily diet. It is very important to try to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day to maintain good health.
So the next time you think about your food choices, remember all the benefits to choosing fruits and vegetables. These choices are quick and easy as well as naturally delicious, nutritious and so good for your health!!!