Healthy living: 5 essential foods for a balanced diet

By Shruti Saxena | Last Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 12:56

Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena

New Delhi: Eating well plays an important role in maintaining good health. So, it is important to eat a balanced diet so that the body is not deprived of essential nutrients.

A balanced diet includes a variety of nutrients like proteins, starch, vitamins and minerals. Also, while choosing a balanced meal, one should avoid eating foods that contain bad fats like Dalda, red meat, margarine etcetera as they are bad for the health of your heart and will only leave you more worried.

Here is a list of 5 essential foods you must eat for a balanced diet:

-Eggs: Undoubtedly eggs are the best source of protein. The egg white is a rich source of riboflavin or Vitamin B2 which is vital for for normal cell functioning, growth and energy production.

-Nuts: They are encumbered with essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and dietary fibres which are necessary for a healthy mind and body. Eating a handful of nuts every day can reduce the risk of heart diseases and cancer.

-Salmon: Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids; it is a high quality protein food and rich in vitamin B-12 and iron. Salmon being a rich source of protein is a perfect and complete food for people with an excuse that they don’t enjoy eating vegetables.

-Yoghurt: Yogurt contains important minerals like potassium, calcium, protein and B vitamins. Most important of all it contains bacteria which helps in absorption of nutrients in the intestines and stabilises the immune system. Yogurt is also good for the skin. It has excellent anti-fungal properties.

-Berries: Blueberries and blackberries are a great source of flavonoids which are known to be powerful antioxidants. Gooseberries are also a very rich source of Vitamin C and highly useful to the body as they help in proper blood flow and provide minerals and salts necessary to sustain and protect the body against ageing as well as free radicals.



First Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:55

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