One of the biggest things that people need to know about their body is what type of nutrients do they need to eat in order to keep strong, healthy organs and other systems in good working order? Although it might not be as obvious as you might think, there are actually five different nutrients that your body needs in order to stay healthy. There are vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats. In order to have all of these nutrients, you need to eat a proper diet. When you do not eat a proper diet, you become malnourished or eat foods that do not contain the correct balance of these essential nutrients.
If you eat too many discretionary choices during each meal you may feel that you are not getting the nutrients you need. This can lead to a variety of complications such as weight gain, fatigue and malnutrition. In order to get the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and other nutrients your body requires, you have to eat a varied amount of healthy foods and take a multivitamin supplement on a regular basis. Milk is an excellent source of calcium, but it does not contain the other important minerals that you really need. If milk does not contain the minerals your body needs to be healthy, you can increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat or take a vitamin supplement.
Other good sources of protein are lean beef, chicken, fish and lentils. These are also good sources of calcium and other minerals. Eggs are OK to eat, but try to avoid the yolks as they are high in cholesterol. Beans and peas are also great sources of protein, although many people will find them hard to digest as they become larger. Other foods rich in proteins are nuts, seeds and beans (especially garbanzo beans)
If you are trying to eat a healthier diet and are low in fat, beans can be a real help. You can use beans for a hearty meal that is healthy and good for you without having to worry about the fat content or the cholesterol. Try black beans, kidney beans, Lima beans and chickpeas. Nuts are also high in protein but you should avoid peanuts and almonds as they have lots of fats. Other legumes you can eat are black breast, garbanzo, Lima bean, pinto bean, adzuki bean and yellow split peas. You should also be aware that there are foods that contain less protein and fiber than others, so always check the label before buying and eat the food.
The last food group is fats. There are some fats you should be eating and some you should stay away from. When it comes to fats, you need to be avoiding trans fats, hydrogenated oils, saturated fats, processed oils, margarine, butter and mayonnaise. As for high density lipoproteins (HDL), your daily serves needed are different depending on your age and your sex. You can consult with your physician regarding your needs.