An informative infographic presented by Harvard University shows how much of each food category should be on your plate at mealtime. What foods does it include? Half a plate should be filled with vegetables or fruit – “Aim for variety and color,” the university said. There’s a caveat to this though, potatoes don’t count as vegetables – so crisps, mash, and roasted potatoes are off the menu.
Harvard University offered other helpful tips on what to avoid, such as sugary drinks.
Red and processed meat, like bacon and sausage, should be limited, as should dairy products.
Eating healthy foods is a great way to lower your risk of illness and death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed: “Adults who eat healthily live longer and have a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.”
In addition, people who have acquired health problems can benefit from a healthy diet.
Eating nutritious meals can help people manage their disease effectively and “prevent complications.”
How can a poor diet lead to disease?
Eating high calorie foods that do not provide any nutritional content is a sure way to become overweight.
People who are overweight have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes because the body becomes less able to create insulin.
Being overweight is also associated with âat least 13 types of cancerâ, such as breast and bowel cancer.
Eating too much sodium (i.e. salt) can lead to high blood pressure, putting a person at risk for stroke or heart attack.
Additionally, consuming fatty foods can lead to high cholesterol levels, which can also lead to the same results.
Indeed, an excess of cholesterol adheres to the walls of the arteries, causing a narrowing of the passage of the blood.