Tips for healthy eating
Hin says the right amount of nutrients needed to maintain health can be achieved by consuming various types of foods from all food groups in the right quantity as recommended.
“We should not consume only one food group as our body will not be able to get the benefits of all nutrients needed. Similarly, we should not choose only one type of food from each food group.
“This is because no single food can provide all the nutrients that the body needs. And within the same group, there is no single food that is more healthy than others.”
She says although some fruits contain carbohydrate, it does not mean you can replace it with the food from the carbohydrate food group.
“We should not leave a food group and replace it with others, even if they have similar nutrients. We cannot substitute one banana with one cup of rice. It is a different type of carbohydrate and they don’t have similar nutrients.
“But you can choose to eat whole grains which have more fibre, vitamins and minerals. The food in this group has a similar amount of carbohydrate in one serving. For example half a cup of brown rice and half cup of white rice have the same amount of carbohydrate. But brown rice has more fibre, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients which are better than white rice.”
Hin says carbohydrate is an essential macronutrient which provides energy to the body. Therefore, it is important to include good sources of carbohydrate such as wholegrains, starchy vegetables, legumes and fruit in our diet.
As for protein, it is better to eat lean meat, poultry without skin and legumes, which are high in protein and low in satufat. rated To get the best nutrients, eat a variety of colours as they indicate different vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.
She says because of the different nutrione ents, no fruit or vegetable is better. For example, banana has high potassium, while guava is high in vitamin C and fibre. It is best to eat a variety of fruits and vegprinciple etables.
“The of healthy eating is balanced, moderation and variety
You should emphasise on variety, which means eat various foods from all food groups. The result is healthy weight management as your body gets all the nutrients to function properly and reduce the risk of diseases.”