Definition of unhealthy diet
Definition of unhealthy diet is often misunderstood or not taken seriously. Is it correct to say an isolated food item or a class of foods as healthy or unhealthy? Before any recommendations are made what are the factors that have to be taken into consideration.
Dictionary meaning of unhealthy diet.
From this we can conclude that the “<strong “mso-bidi-font-weight:=”” normal”=””>food we eat should be wholesome” so that it becomes healthy food or healthy diet.Dictionary meaning of wholesome food: The dictionary meaning of wholesome food is -Conducive to sound health or well-being. Conductive to bodily health; healthful; salubrious.
It also means helpful; good; nourishing, nutritious.
Do we take wholesome food into consideration before making any studies on effect of particular food item or before recommending that a particular food item as healthy or unhealthy?
What some renowned organizations talk about unhealthy diet?
- According to World Heart Federation diets high in sugar and trans-fats, low fibre foods and high sugar drinks contribute to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other health problems.
- According to World Health Organization , an optimal diet includes: a balance between energy intake from food and energy expenditure from physical activity;
- Energy from fats less than 30% of total intake,
- Shifting fat consumption away from saturated fats; eliminating trans-fats; limiting intake of sugar and salt and increasing consumption of fruits, legumes, whole grains and nuts.
1) Diet high in sugar can contribute to non-communicable diseases (NCD). Sugars raise triglyceride levels and also increase the insulin levels.
2) Trans fatty acids are un natural fatty acid. The enzymes present in the body are highly specific and they can easily recognize them. These trans fatty acids should no doubt be avoided.
3) Sugar drinks mainly contain corn fructose syrup. It has recently been shown scientifically that fructose sugar contributes to obesity. Obesity then leads to further complications.
4) WHO mentions about optimum diet where the food components contributing to energy production should be limited to required amount. This will help prevent a person to be obese.
5) Shifting fat consumption away from saturated fats is not justifiable as it has now been confirmed that saturated fats has nothing to do with cholesterol.
6) Reduction of salt and increasing consumption of fruits, legumes, whole grains and nuts is welcome suggestion.
- Now, the prime question is –just by following the above recommendations does our diet become healthy. What our body requires, how it functions and how it gets affected if some nutrients are missing is not taken into consideration at all. Just mentioning a few items to be taken or avoided does not make a diet healthy. It fails to provide an appropriate answer to what unhealthy diet is?
- There are numerous examples that can be sited where unhealthy or healthy diet is mentioned without any true meaning.
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Basics of nutrition
- Our body needs a variety of nutrients to perform its functions. These nutrients can be classified into broader groups like carbohydrates, fats and oils, proteins, vitamins, minerals and vegetables and fruits.
- All these nutrients have to be provided to the body so that it can perform its functions optimally.
- The nutrients have also to be provided in adequate quantities.
- The adequate quantity differs from person to person and his/hers state of health.
- If bad habits are practiced like smoking then the requirement of certain nutrients may increase compared to a normal person because smoking might deplete some of the nutrients in the body. Similar is the case with persons who are addicted to alcohol and are leading a sedentary lifestyle.
- The type of food consumed such as fresh foods or processed foods also matters.
- The way we eat also matters. Whether we are eating more of a certain group of food or we are eating all groups of foods also matters. In other words the food we eat should be balanced.
- Another important aspect is that eating food should keep our blood pH slightly on alkaline side 7.4 to 7.5.
All the above points are taken into account in Orthomolecular nutrition or Cellular nutrition, the terms coined by Dr Linus Pauling and Dr Matthias Rath respectively. If we provide all the nutrients required by the body and in adequate amount we will be healthy. A combination of foods that provides all the nutrients in adequate quantity is called as healthy diet.
If the food combination is adjusted so that the blood pH is maintained on alkaline side then our immunity increases and we will be less susceptible to diseases. This is called as acid-alkaline balanced diet.
World Heart Federation and WHO should take initiatives to include the above aspects of nutrition in order to define unhealthy diet so that they will be successful in their global effort to fight against heart diseases and chronic diseases.
Definition of unhealthy diet.
A diet that provides all the nutrients needed by the body for its optimum functioning and in adequate quantity and in such a manner that the blood ph is maintained on a slightly alkaline side (between 7.4 to 7.5) is called as healthy diet.
A diet that that does not provide all the nutrients needed by the body for its optimum functioning and in adequate quantity and in such a manner that the blood ph is not maintained on a slightly alkaline side (between 7.4 to 7.5) is called as unhealthy diet.
Orthomolecular or Cellular Nutrition proposed by great scientists Dr Linus Pauling and Dr Matthias Rath is able to give an explanation of the cause of atherosclerosis and subsequent heart disease.
They have proved that chronic Vitamin C deficiency leads to micro lesions in the blood vessels in response to which our body produces lipoprotein (a) molecules, similar in structure to LDL cholesterol. These lp(a) molecules form a patch over the lesions as a preventive measure. These patches are called as arterial plaque which subsequently leads to heart disease. So, Vitamin C deficicncy is the cause of heart disease and stroke and other peripheral arterial diseases. lipoprotein (a) -The Real Cause of Heart Disease.
Low fat or high fat diet has nothing to do with high cholesterol levels. The conventional lipid theory has failed to control heart disease, stroke, angina and so on. Recently several emerging risk factors have emerged that are linked to the cause of heart disease. Out of all these risk factors lp(a) has been proved to be an independent risk factor for heart disease.
Thus it is chronic vitamin C deficiency along with some other vital nutrients is the cause of High cholesterol levels, High LDL (bad) cholesterol, atherosclerosis and cause of heart disease.
How to prevent heart disease : Loering lp(a) is the best way to prevent and reverse heart disease. It is also the best way to stop worrying about LDL (bad) Cholesterol.
Note on Dr Matthias Rath.
The contribution of Dr Matthias Rath in the field of Cellular Nutrition is commendable. Vitamin C, unfortunately our body does not make its own Vitamin C, has been found to be very useful in controlling Cancer, HIV/AIDS, dental carries, flue and a wide variety of diseases.
Reducing Risk of heart disease or keeping your cholesterol levels under normal conditions it is