Everyone savors food. It’s hard to find anybody who doesn’t like food. But before you put that deep-fried samosa in your mouth or order pizza for dinner or skip breakfast or drink high caffeinated coffee, ask yourself “Is it healthy for you? “What will be the final consequences in long run? How your body will react to the unhealthy eating habits?
Food is the fuel for the machinery called body, but the same fuel can be a cause of extreme suffering if you don’t take proper care of your eating habits. We understand that due to hectic schedule, it is quite challenging to maintain the healthy routine of breakfast, lunch, and dinner; but you need to understand the harm the unhealthy lifestyle can cause to your body in the long run.
Nowadays, especially youths prefer fast foods above the homemade food. We eat out quite often. Well, this is profitable for the restaurant industry but worst for your health as you grow older and this is a bad habit that needs to be broken. The habit of eating out so often is not only physically unfit but hammers your bank balance for long run. Sometimes people primarily working class skip meals because of the busy lives. According to a survey conducted, 54 percent of students skip breakfast due to lack of time, back to back classes and an overwhelming pressure has played a huge role in making students physically unfit.
When you don’t cook food for yourself or your family, you surrender the complete control of what goes into your bodies. You think you are eating fresher, healthier, or organic food as there are a lot of options available but simply putting a label on the food claiming it to be healthier does not make it so.
Cooking has become very convenient nowadays and take a lot less time now as compared to decades back. You don’t have to spend hours slaving over the stove. Additionally, people prefer easy food and microwave meals. Earlier convenience food meant vegetables and fruit which to fall in the domain of healthy food. Many people believe that they are always busy to make time for making food, but it is advisable to be free to take care of your health. Also, with many easy, modern techniques, cooking fresh food does’t take too much time.
Additionally, you are inclined to eat more calories when you dine out as compared to when you are eating home. Perhaps this increasing trend in eating out is one of the founding reasons which has resulted in the inflated waistlines. An average waist size of a woman in the 1950s was a 27-inch. However, now, the size of an average woman has inflated to a 34-inch. This is a striking difference which indicates that women in the 1950s had better healthy eating habits than women now. Our generation is much more educated in terms of healthy diet than our grandparents were, then why instead of improvement in health there is decline.
Many young people eat less nutritious food. Despite our demand for organic options and ethically-sourced foods we still spend a lot on eating items that are not healthy for us. We chose quick, easy, and convenient options over healthy options.
We do not consume even close to our daily requirement of vegetables and fruits. According to many surveys, we are not even close to the required consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables per day. Only half of the population eats the right amount of fruits and vegetables.
The consumption of alcohol has substantially increased. Alcohol is technically not a food but sometimes it plays the role of food and consumed in high number. the generation of partying and imbibing the alcohol unabashedly is harmful for our day to day life. Though, there is absolutely nothing wrong with few drinks, but the excessive drinking can cause a lot of trouble when we are age.
We don’t consider our daily calories intakes. We give so much emphasis on our food comes that we forget to think about calories. Though eating organic food has many benefits, these foods also have calories which we should keep in mind. For instance, take an example of organic beetroot or farm-fresh goat cheese or a house-made creamy dressing or raw almonds, it may be organic, but it adds up calories making it unhealthy for the body for the long run.
In general, we can say that the generation is just not as healthy or active nowadays as compared to the older generation a decade back and as a result, people are prone to suffer from ill-health of the poor diet because of their dietary choices. This can be proved by the recent rises in the diagnosis of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and sleep disorders. All these diseases are associated with the poor nutritional choices we make every day.
Moreover, food intolerances and allergies are more prevalent now than they ever have been before. This increase is associated with increase in the processed intakes which is unnatural and high on chemical. These modifications to our food habits makes our immune systems weaker. Many nutritionists believe that with ‘cleaner’ lifestyle we are little less exposed to germs, healthy eating patterns reduces our toleration towards unhealthy food and weaken our immune systems. In last few decades, hospital admissions for food allergies have increased by five times.
Between the age of 20 and 40, the human body is the most productive than any other age. The rates of cardiac functioning, muscle strength, and sensory abilities are most significant at this age. Various physical and mental advancements occur in the human body until the age of 24. So, this is the period of physical and mental development. In this phase, time management is very crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle along with your studies and healthy lifestyle.
There are six essential elements of food which are carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. For a healthy diet, you need to consume 2,000 calories which include 46 to 56 grams of protein. Vitamins and minerals like calcium, sodium, phosphorus, and iron are very important. It’s a well-known fact that the most important part of your daily food should be the rich content and a water intake, you should drink at least two liters or eight glasses of water every day for your kidney to function properly.
These nutrition requirements of the body are to be met or this can give rise to various health problems such as respiratory disorders, cardiovascular disorders, lowered CNS activities, digestive system disorders, hindered development of bones and skin. Majority of fast foods include unhealthy amounts of carbohydrates and fat which can develop into cardiovascular and digestive problems very fast.
The level of carbohydrates found in fast foods produce a high number of calories and raise the sugar level in blood. It can cause adverse effect, especially with diabetic patients. These fast foods also have low fiber content which can generate food particles build up in the gut wall, which in turn can be the reason for the formation of ulcers or cancer. Fast foods or processed foods have high sodium content and its intake can create the problem with water retention which can be the reason of feeling bloated and puffy. A high amount of sodium intake also makes the muscles of the heart to swell and raising the chance of heart disease.
Now let’s talk about the most important topic cholesterol. There are two types of lipids, HDL and LDL. The HDL is High density lipid and LDL is Low density lipid. Elevated level of HDL content in food can be accepted, but an elevated level of LDL is very harmful to your body. High content HDL in your food causes obesity. Another common issue found in those who consume fast food is Osteoporosis or low bone density which results in fragile bones. And the list of side effects continues.
This is a decision time. We know our life is busy but it’s your choice to live your life fully and healthy? Or do you want to risk your health to deadly illness and week health There is a need to make some changes in your lifestyle. it’s a choice to eat healthy food for a healthy future.