Calorie is a word that everyone is familiar with, as we are constantly exposed to low calorie diets, low calorie food, etc, but what exactly are calories.
All the food we eat whether protein, fat or carbs, are measured in calories. These tell you how much energy you’ll get from your food once it has been processed by the body.
Kilojoules also tell us how much energy there is in the food we’ve eaten and is very often listed on food packets with kcal.
There’s 4.184 kilojoules in 1 calorie (kcal).
Protein is made up of longs strings of amino acids (carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen oxygen) and forms the main part of our tissues, amongst other things. Once protein is digested, it’s broken back down into amino acids.
We need to eat protein every day, as our body needs 22 amino acids to do its job properly and 14 of these are already in the body (non essential amino acids) and 8 of these (essential amino acids) have to be gained from our food.
The best sources of protein are meat, fish, seafood, eggs and dairy products. Other good sources include vegetables, pulses and whole grains.
Fat is not as unhealthy as many people think it is, depending on what kind of fat we eat, of course. Fat, which is good and essential for us to live a healthy life, can be found in certain oils, like olive oil, or oily fish, like mackerel. Our brain and nerves need healthy fats to work properly.
We also need healthy fat to help our bodies absorb fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.
We should avoid eating unhealthy fats like saturated fat, like butter and margarine, as it contains bad cholesterol, which if it builds up in the body it can lead to heart diseases, amongst other things.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats have been in the media in recent years and as many of you know, there are even omega rich products in the supermarkets, like omega margarine. These two kinds of fats are called essential, as the body can’t make them and we have to get them from our food.
The right kind of carbohydrates are essential for us, as we need them to give us energy. If you eat carbohydrates low on the Glycaemic Index, then these not only help stabilize blood sugar levels and help you to lose weight, but can also help diabetics.
Good carbs are most fruit and vegetables, and non white flour products and some whole grains. Bad carbs are white flour products, amongst other things.
Vitamins and Minerals
Our body needs a certain balance of vitamins and minerals, especially if you are dieting. If you eat as balanced diet when you are losing weight, then this should be no problems.
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