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When a Healthy Diet is Not Healthy

All of us have a relative or friend that thinks they are the newest health food guru. While a healthy diet is desirable and we all could use less sugar, fat and additives in our food, there is a point when even a healthy diet has been carried too far. As long as a person isn't diabetic or at a risk for a sudden heart attack, there are times when going cold turkey or making drastic diet changes is not a good thing.

  1. Too little fat, protein or carbohydrates. Our bodies need a certain amount of fat, proteins and carbohydrates. Diets concentrating on limiting one or more of these or on cutting it out all together is not a healthy option. Nutrition experts state that our bodies need 30 percent fat, 40 percent carbohydrates and 30 percent proteins in a daily caloric intake to provide the correct nutrition that our bodies need. Theses exact ratios can vary, depending on the source of information.
  2. Too little salt. Salt provides iodine, which the thyroid gland needs to function properly. While the typical diet is overloaded in sodium, eating little or not salt is not good for a person. Besides keeping our thyroids healthy, salt prevents a person from dehydrating in severely hot and dry climates. A proper salt concentration in the blood is necessary for proper metabolism, however the blood content of salt is rather low at .9 percent.
  3. Limiting fat, but wrong type. People have become more conscious about the types of fats to limit. As our body consists of a lot of needed fat, we need to consume some fat in our diet everyday. The key is making sure that it is the correct kind, such as mono and polyunsaturated fats. It takes practice to change from high high saturated and trans fatty foods to the proper types of fat.

Moderation is the key in all things, even a healthy diet. Cutting sugar and fats is an excellent idea, backed by medical science and health experts. Cold turkey is not always the best thing. Whatever is being trimmed from a diet, it is best to do it a bit at a time. Above all, leave room for favorite foods – even the sugary and fatty ones on occasion as a treat. Remember, moderation is the key.

http://www.saltinstitute.org/Issues-in-focus/Food-salt-health http://www.thecookingcardiologist.com/cardiologist-blog/balance-carbs-protein-and-fat-better-health http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_diet_fats.htm

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