What is nutrition?

Nutrition is the science of nourishing the body properly. It looks at how the food we eat affects how the body functions. It is the study of digestion, absorption, and the transport of nutrients to our bodies’ cells. It examines what happens to those nutrients once they reach the various types of cells in the body.

The expression “You are what you eat,” is true. Every day there is more and more scientific evidence that diet plays a major role in maintaining your health and preventing disease. Currently, some of the diseases impacted significantly by diet are coronary heart disease, which can lead to atherosclerosis and stroke; some cancers, hypertension, and diabetes.

Why is Nutrition Important?

Currently, one-third (33.3%) of American children and adults are obese.1 This is why the current focus of nutrition experts is concentrated on helping people lose weight in order to prevent the diseases associated with carrying extra weight.

But how do you know if the meal plan you follow gives you the right amount and types of carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and fiber? What calorie level is ideal for you? It’s important to speak with a Registered Dietitian to get the right nutrition and fitness information for your specific situation. A Registered Dietitian stays on top of all of the current research so that you don’t have to figure out what’s fact and what’s fiction.

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