Healthy Nutrition and Physical Health

Scientific research and evidence have shown that your dietary intake can increase or reduce your risk for developing chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and even some forms of cancer. These chronic diseases are called “lifestyle diseases” because they come primarily from poor and habitual lifestyle choices such as high consumption of processed foods, bad fats, too much alcohol and nicotine, and inadequate vegetables and fruits. Good choices in food and supplement intake, to the contrary, improve everyday health as well as longevity. The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) developed Food-Based Dietary Guidelines that have been established by many countries throughout Europe, tailored to national culture, food preferences, and food availability. [1].

Common recommendations include eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates, and choosing foods that are lower in saturated fat, salt and sugar. Although the details may vary between countries and cultures, there are many similarities between all the European guidelines” [2].