Ask a Dietitian: Why is Nutrition important?

Think of food as the “fuel” to our body. The quality of the fuel or foods we put in our body will impact our health and wellness. Good nutrition is key to preventing many chronic diseases. According to the World Health Organization, diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and several forms of cancer are nutrition-related and as a result may be prevented with proper nutrition. Nutrient dense foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. On the other hand, calorie dense foods such as sugar-sweetened beverages, refined grains, chips, cookies and pastries are calorie dense, low in essential nutrients, and should be avoided or enjoyed in moderation. Remember that balance is the recipe to success in the journey of health and wellness.

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It is important to discuss these dietary suggestions and information with your own doctor to confirm that it will present no risk to you personally. Your doctor’s medical advice is particularly important if you’re currently taking medications for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or any other metabolic disorders.

The nutritional information on this site is intended to be educational information for the general public. It is not medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment with respect to any individual. As individual circumstances vary, you should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this Web site