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Incorporating Fats And Carbohydrates Into A Healthy Diet

1299 words - 6 pages

Incorporating Fats and Carbohydrates Into a Healthy Diet

Trent Harrington

COM/155 University Composition and Communication 1

August 10, 2013
Tracy White

Incorporating Fats and Carbohydrates Into a Healthy Diet

Did you know that a diet with high-fat and low-carbs can put you at risk for heart arrhythmias and kidney problems because of electrolytes and lack of potassium? Fad diets often take bodies on a nutritional rollercoaster because they limit the kind of food a person is allowed to eat. Fats and carbohydrates are especially at risk of being called-out as bad, but the facts are that they contain many things a body needs. A body needs a healthy balance between all ...view middle of the document...

The fact that people neglect crucial nutrition in their diet can lead result in many diseases that should be easily avoided.

Getting the correct amount of carbohydrates and fats in a healthy diet can be easy if given the correct information. Carbohydrates should account for 900 to 1,300 of a normal 2,000 calorie diet. Fat should consist of 400 to 700 calories of a normal 2,000 calorie diet. Checking labels on the back of products is an essential way to keep a healthy diet within these restrictions. When eating natural foods, which do not have a label, it is possible to find their nutrients in http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/. The website http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/ can be helpful when trying to make a healthy meal; choose any ingredient and look up a healthy recipe for it. Looking up a favorite fruit or vegetable may help to inspire healthier living because there are so many wonderful recipes. Having reliable information sources will help to control what is allowed in a healthy diet.

When trying to find a diet that will be healthy stay away from those that cut out all fats and carbohydrates. Fats and carbohydrates come in many forms that are critical for a body to function the best it can. The two different types of carbohydrates are simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are the easiest form to digest and give a body immediate glucose, which is energy. Complex carbohydrates give a person’s body energy over time and are usually found in natural foods. Complex and fiber carbohydrates are the healthiest form of carbohydrates. Fat has five main types, which are trans fats, saturated fat, cholesterol, polyunsaturated fats, and monounsaturated fats. Trans fats and saturated fats are the forms of fat that give fat a bad name. Polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats can be healthy. Cholesterol has two different types that are named High-Density Lipoprotein, HDL, which is a good form of fat and Low-Density Lipoprotein, LDL, which is a bad form of fat. HDL is a healthy type of cholesterol because it moves cholesterol into the liver. LDL is where cholesterol gets dangerous; it can stay inside arteries and create a clog that will put a body at risk for heart attacks. Giving the body the right carbohydrates and fats in the correct amount will lower the chances to get preventable diseases.

Finally, here are some helpful foods that contain healthy fats and carbohydrates that will lower a body’s chance to be afflicted by diseases. Healthy forms of carbohydrates are whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, low fat dairy, beans, and legumes; all of these contain both either complex carbohydrates, fiber, or both. The best sources are fats can be found in nuts, seeds, avocado, fish, and cooking oils because they contain omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, omega-6 polyunsaturated...

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