In the context of World Food Day that is celebrated every October 16, the Ministry of Health and through the Directorate of Primary Health Care (PHC) carry out actions in order to raise awareness about food problems and highlights the need to encourage healthy eating.
Soledad Dittler, a provincial representative of the Healthy Eating and Obesity Prevention Program, highlighted the importance of incorporating a healthy diet “is one that provides us with the nutrients and energy we need to stay healthy in all stages of life. Each person has nutritional requirements based on their age, sex, height, physical activity that they develop and state of health or disease.
There is a valuable relationship between food and health “to maintain health and prevent the onset of many diseases you have to follow a healthy lifestyle; that is, you have to choose a balanced and varied diet, do regular physical activity or exercise (walking, bike riding, etc.) for at least 30 minutes a day, and avoid smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages »explained Dittler.
Eating a healthy diet throughout life helps prevent malnutrition in all its forms, as well as different non-communicable diseases and disorders. However, the increase in processed food production, rapid urbanization and change in lifestyles have led to a change in eating habits. Which we must modify and support them with healthy environments.
Recommendations for a healthy diet
– Incorporate food from all groups daily and do at least 30 minutes of physical activity.
– Drink 8 glasses of safe water daily.
– Consume daily 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in a variety of types and colors.
– Reduce the use of salt and the consumption of foods high in sodium. Decreasing salt intake prevents hypertension, vascular and kidney diseases, among others.
-Limit the consumption of sugary drinks and foods high in fat, sugar and salt. Consuming excess of these foods predisposes to obesity, hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, among others.
-Consume milk, yogurt or cheese daily, preferably skimmed. The foods in this group are a source of calcium and necessary for all ages.
– When consuming meats, remove visible fat, increase fish consumption and include eggs. Cook meats until there are no red or pink spots left inside to prevent foodborne illness.
– Consume legumes, preferably whole grains, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn or cassava.
– Consume crude oil as a condiment, dried fruits or seeds. Crude oil, dried fruits and seeds provide essential nutrients
– If you are going to consume alcoholic beverages, do so responsibly. Children, adolescents and pregnant women should not consume them. Always avoid them when driving.
The non-responsible consumption of alcohol causes serious harm and health risks.