Healthy eating is about maintaining a nutritional balance to ensure that our bodies get the nutrients they need to function correctly. This requires that we eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, starches, and fewer fats and animal proteins – all of which are found in foods of African roots. Keep in mind that a healthy diet requires you to consider what you eat and drink and prepare it. You need to make sure you plan your meals to include high nutrients and low levels of calories.
Why Good Nutrition is Essential for African Diaspora
Eating healthy, nutritious foods offers many health benefits that keep us mentally and physically well. We benefit from good nutrition in several ways, such as;
- Improved brain health and memory: Eating healthy increases blood flow to the brain, preventing brain diseases like cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s, dementia. Eating dark fruits and vegetables, some of which are good sources of vitamin E and other vitamins, helps prevent and cure Alzheimer’s disease.
- Increase your energy level: Eating nutritious meals, especially during breakfast, encourages you to remain busy throughout the day, as recommended by the American Council on Exercise. Small, regular meals help to conserve energy as well. By eating nutritious meals, your body will be getting all the nutrients it needs to function as expected, thereby improving your energy levels.
- Reduce high blood pressure and risks of diseases: Healthy eating habits can improve your heart health and prevent other heart-related diseases such as stroke, osteoporosis, some cancers, and diabetes. You will lower the risk of heart disease by consuming a diet low in sodium, calories, and cholesterol by avoiding trans and saturated fats usually found in fried foods, red meats, palm oils, coconut oils, packaged snacks, and margarine. Therefore, a proper diet such as 4 to 5 servings of vegetables and fruits a day dramatically increases your ability to battle diseases that can endanger you, speeding up your recovery from illnesses and injuries.
- Strong bones and teeth: Eating healthy can help people build strong teeth and bones now and prevent tooth decay and osteoporosis in the future. A calcium-rich diet preserves healthy bones and teeth and helps avoid osteoporosis-associated bone loss. Low-fat milk products are often considered to be safe sources of calcium. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends daily calcium of about 1,000 milligrams for an average adult above 18. Moreover, the use of products that are fortified with vitamins in balancing your diet helps the body absorb essential calcium.
- Weight Control and Cholesterol Lowering: To effectively control your weight, you should not eat more calories than you burn each day. Foods, such as vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and whole grains typically have fewer calories than fast foods. The risk of some obesity-related illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, blocked arteries, and thyroid disease is decreased by losing weight.
WeAfric is the perfect platform for continental and historical African Diaspora living in different parts of the world, such as Europe and the Americas to meet and engage. In so doing, we interact with professional nutritionists and share useful tips and information on how we can observe a healthy diet. And when we are healthy, we are able to work in unity and elevate our community to greater heights of excellence.