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FOOD AND HEALTH




food and healthEveryone should enjoy eating a variety of foods. By eating a large variety you get the many nutrients your body needs. You can choose amongst the varied foods from these groups: grain products, fruits and vegetables. Vegetables, milk and milk products, protein-rich plant foods (beans, nuts), and protein-rich animal foods (lean meat, poultry, fish, and eggs). Remember to choose lean and lowfat foods and beverages most often. Many foods you eat contain servings from more than one food group. For example, soups and stews may contain meat, beans, noodles, and vegetables. Another example would be a great pizza recipe where the crust is whole wheat based, and your toppings include calcium rich cheese, hearty tomato sauce, lean slices of meats and plenty of healthy vegetables.

Genetics plays a role in whether a person can develop a chronic disease such as heart disease, but so too does lifestyle. You have no control over your family's medical history, but you can take steps to decrease your own personal health risks by eating a health balanced diet and living an active lifestyle.

You should know that cholesterol is not a fat. It is a wax-like substance produced by the liver in all animals, including humans. Cholesterol is needed for many bodily functions and serves to insulate nerve fibres, maintain your cell walls and produce vitamin D and hormones. You should note that dietary cholesterol does not automatically become blood cholesterol when you consume it.

Contaminated food and drink are common sources for the introduction of infection into the body that can lead to illness. That is why it is critically important to thoroughly wash your fruits and vegetables before eating them or using them in a recipe. You should also cook all meats to the proper internal temperatures, as improperly cooked meats can trigger even more serious illness than that of common food poisoning.

Among the more common infections that people can acquire from contaminated food and drink are Escherichia coli infections, shigellosis or bacillary dysentery, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, Norwalk-like viruses, and hepatitis A. Other less common infectious disease risks for travelers include typhoid fever and other salmonelloses, cholera, rotavirus infections, and a variety of protozoan and helminthic parasites (other than those that cause giardiasis and cryptosporidiosis). It is important if you are planning to travel to an exotic location where these risks increase, that you actively seek out as much information about the food and drink service at the resort you are staying at. While at these places, ensure the utensils used as clean and free of dirt or contaminants. You should also visit your physician for a travel medicine consultation to inquire about any vaccinations you might need to receive.

Make Cookingwhiz.com your first stop for information about food and health. A wealth of information is contained within these pages and worth sharing with your friends and family. Eating healthy and sanitary continue to remain vital components to well living, as people become more guarded about what ends up on their plates.

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