Nutritional Awareness

Alejandra Hernandez (PSA), Staff Writer

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Contrary to popular belief, even a diet of fruits and veggies is not all that healthy. Although fruits and vegetables are a great source for carbohydrates and fiber, too many may lead to an imbalance of macronutrients. These macronutrients are fat and protein which provide for healthy mental function, energy, nutrient metabolism, strong muscles, and a healthy immune system.

 

Lack of fruits and vegetables in your diet can leave you prone to digestive issues such as constipation. If fruits and vegetables are eaten in proportion, lower blood pressure, reduction of the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevention of some types of cancers, and a positive effect on blood sugar can be positive outtakes.

 

Iron deficiency, also known as anemia, may include fatigue, shortness of breath, and even unconsciousness if your anemia is severe. Iron is a mineral whose purpose is to carry oxygen in the blood. Anemia can affect anyone who does not eat enough iron-rich foods but is common among teenage girls and women who are menstruating or childbearing due to iron loss in blood. To prevent iron deficiency, think about consuming more red meat, pork, spinach, kale, and dried fruit.

 

Over-exercising may not seem like an issue to most but athletes, such as runners, may deplete their nutrients rather quickly. Perspiration (sweating) causes your body to lose minerals since your body has salts and ions but losing them through sweat and urine, will eventually deplete them. The major nutrient depletions in athletes are Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Selenium, Zinc, vitamin D, and essential fatty acids.

 

To spread awareness, people who have food allergies may also be prone to certain nutrient deficiencies that are in common foods such as milk, eggs, soy, fish, wheat, and peanuts and/or tree nuts.

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