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Balancing Food Groups

Understanding the Food Groups

Life is all about balance. Learn how to do it, and life will fall through.

“In my food world, there is no fear or guilt, only joy, and balance.”-Ellie Krieger

When most people order food, nutrition isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, people base what they want to eat on visual appearance, taste, smell, and how easily it can be prepared.

In a fast-paced industry, fast foods usually provide the cheapest and fastest options for most of the working consumers. In fact, according to the CDC report in 2018, 84.8 million US adults consume fast food every day. This report has led to detrimental health risks such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and heart problems.

Why are fast foods bad for your health?

Fast foods are high in carbohydrate and fat content which leads to several health disorders aforementioned above.

The 5 Basic Food Groups

1. Carbohydrates (rice, bread, pasta, oats, potatoes, noodles, cereals)

2. Protein (Chicken, Pork, Beef, Nuts)

3. Dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt)

4. Fruits and Veggies

5. Fats and Sugar (oil, creams, chocolates, junk foods, soft drinks, desserts)

Learn the major food groups, and learn your own body chemistry. If possible work with a registered dietician to get a balance that is optimal for your personal chemistry and goals.

Is there a good way to balance the five food groups into a meal?

As a starting point, you can try this: In one meal, it is recommended to portion out 45-60% for Carbohydrates, 25-35% for proteins and 20-35% Fats while it is recommended also to intake 1-2 servings of dairy and Fruits and Vegetables daily as well.

FURTHER READING

https://www.abcactionnews.com/lifestyle/fast-food-consumption-cdc-report

https://www.gosh.nhs.uk/children/general-health-advice/eat-smart/food-science/food-group-fun

https://www.livestrong.com/article/305408-percentage-of-calories-per-food-group-needed-daily/

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