nutrition

Nutrition tips for a healthy life

A nutritious and balanced diet is the key to an active life. One can stay healthy at any stage of his life by the adoption of a few practices, which are really important in this regard. Few of these tips are shared as under: Don’t forget to drink plenty of water during the day. At least 8 glasses distributed in small quantities so as not to feel bloated.Try to avoid foods that are too spicy or salty, and consume more fruits and...

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Can carbohydrates help with weight loss?

For those wanting to lose weight, low GI foods as part of a balanced diet may be helpful. The carbohydrate in low GI foods is digested slowly, making you feel fuller for longer. Fad diets which reduce the intake of carbohydrates claim rapid weight loss, but such losses are unlikely to be maintained long term.

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How much carbohydrate do we need?

The Ministry of Health recommends 50-55% of an adult’s energy intake comes from carbohydrates, but less than half of adult Kiwis achieve this recommendation. Eating at least 6 servings of bread and cereals (preferably wholegrain i.e. not refined) and 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day will help you reach the recommended level. Read our healthy eating for all ages section for information on your age group.

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Carbohydrates and Glycaemic Index (GI)

A food’s glycaemic index indicates the rate at which the carbohydrate in that food is digested by the body. In high GI foods, carbohydrate is digested and absorbed into the blood quickly, causing your blood glucose (sugar) level to rise rapidly. In low GI foods, carbohydrate is digested slowly resulting in a more gradual rise in blood glucose levels.

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