Nutrition consists of eating the proper foods in order to maintain good health. Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. Four basic nutrients comprise the basic diet: water, carbohydrates, protein and fats. We also need vitamins and minerals and other micronutrients to help support the digestive process and assimilation of nutrients.
In our society today many of our foods contain preservatives and are treated with pesticides, which are harmful to the human body and increase the amount of toxicity we are exposed to. It is important to avoid artificial preservatives and additives, as well as foods treated with pesticides. Purchasing organic foods and eating more fresh vegetables and fruits provides the body with needed enzymes for digestion as well as alkalizing the blood. Eating raw vegetables is encouraged to maintain the integrity of the vitamin and mineral content. If eating raw vegetables is too upsetting for the digestive system, lightly steaming vegetables is permitted.
Avoid overcooking vegetables since overcooking removes the valuable vitamin and mineral content. Research has found that browning or charring foods changes its organic structure. Charcoal meat has the risk of creating polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, a dangerous hydrocarbon. Many of the chemicals used to produce cancer in laboratory animals have been isolated from cooked proteins.
Using the proper cooking utensils is an important consideration when cooking foods. Aluminum cookware has the chance of leaching aluminum into the foods and then being absorbed by the body in the brain and nervous system. Excessive amounts of aluminum deposits have been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease.