Are we really what we eat?


Whatever we eat is assimilated by our bodies. Our body hence contains similar nutrients to the food we consume. Our nutrient levels and our health are consequently affected. The human body typically comprises 6% minerals, carbohydrates, and other nutrients, 16% fat, 16% protein, and 62% water. These percentages have different ranges for different people. It all depends on their diet and style of living.

It is vital that a person consumes several types of food from the five food groups to make sure that he or she is eating all the different nutrients that his or her body needs. If only one type of food is consumed, the person in concern can be supplied with excess of a particular nutrient and subsequently there will be other nutrients lacking. Anyone should, therefore, make sure that he or she is eating the right amount of the right food.

When we say “You are what you eat” we are not meaning literally that a person will become a cow if he or she consumes its beef. What is clearly understood is that the person will attain the nutrients that equilibrate that of the cow. In a nutshell, we are what we digest.

Eating isn’t just about satisfying hunger for business tycoons. This is highlighted by the accelerating ranks of nutrition experts who specialize in adjusting the metabolic performance of business leaders. Richard Chaifetz, CEO of ComPsych, says, “You’re like an athlete in the workplace…So you should eat like an athlete”.

In short,you should consume lots of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and complex carbohydrates. Patti Milligan, director of nutrition at Tignum, specifies well that “You produce lots of oxidants in the brain when you’re working…Foods that are high in antioxidants – berries, beans, tea – act like flame retardants”. Here also the saying that a person is what he eats is highly stressed.

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To have awareness of the food contents is the first step to moving towards a healthy diet.