By Ifeoma Ogbodo
Eating is simply the act of putting food or liquid substance into the mouth with the help of the hands. This is the position of Miss Anwulika Onyebuchi, a health expert.
Miss Onyebuchi, who spoke with Fides in an exclusive interview, said eating was as old as man, and had evolved from generation to generation.
She noted that eating comes in different forms, vis-a vis through the use of bare hands, cutleries like spoons, forks, chop sticks etc. she said that eating right and not just eating was true eating.
‘Most people do not consider the health benefits of eating the right foods in right proportions and the dangers associated with eating anything because it seems handy or cheap at a particular time,’ the health expert explained.
‘Investing in our health,’ she continued, ‘is the greatest investment, because health is wealth. Research has proven that the food people eat tells a lot about them; therefore the fundamentals of healthy eating must have a balance for eating to be complete.’
She said that balance in every form included the six classes of food which she gave as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water, noting that they had contributed greatly in maintaining good health conditions of people in every facet of life.
Explaining the functions of each of the classes of foods, Miss Onyebuchi said, ‘Proteins are body building foods: they are foods that help to repair worn out tissues in the body; carbohydrates are basically foods that help the body to generate energy; healthy fats, such as omega 3, help in physical and emotional health.
‘Healthy fat being added to our diet helps to boost mood and improve our general well-being; vitamins are vital for fighting off diseases and staying healthy; minerals are essential in the building and strengthening of strong bones and teeth, regulating body metabolism and staying properly hydrated; water helps to flush out toxins, carry nutrients to cells, hydrate the body and prevent constipation.’
Miss Onyebuchi however maintained that eating healthy did not have to be complicated. She described food as important and should therefore not be treated with carelessness, noting that for healthy eating, people should cook more meals at home as it helped to better monitor exactly what went into their systems.
According to her, healthy diet helped with heart health, maintenance of strong bones and teeth and management of body weight, and was solely achieved through combining the classes of food in the right quantities.
Miss Onyebuchi beckoned on people, especially those in positions of authority, to promote sensitization and enlightenment on healthy diet, noting that this would help to improve the health conditions of people as gainful information would guide them on the right foods to take into their body.