Why should I eat healthy?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) – What you eat matters.

Heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer are a few common diseases formed by poor nutrition. Therefore, your food choices today can affect you now, tomorrow and in the future. Just by eating healthier, you can increase your lifespan by reducing your chances of obtaining life-threatening diseases.

Often, people assume if they are not overweight then they are fine. On the contrary, even for people at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death.

Luckily, our Earth provides delicious fruits and vegetables that help fight these health problems. Specifically, fresh produce such as carrots, apples, and celery contain rich vitamins and minerals that highly impact your health and prevent disease. Also, fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories, which help those who are overweight lose it.

Although, we all know the healthy lifestyle isn’t always the kindest to your wallet. Although, you can’t put a price on a healthy life. If you look at the box of strawberries like it is increasing your lifespan, then you might rethink that Big Mac. Also, there are lots of healthy, cheaper options available. An easy way to buy fruits and vegetables is to be aware of what is in season. For example, in February, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, lemons and oranges will be cheaper, because they are in season.

In addition, yes, you can shove fries in your mouth the minute you buy them, but you can also do that with carrots. Fruits and vegetables do not have to be cooked to be eaten; they are nutritious in any form – fresh, frozen, canned and dried. They are also nature’s treat to us; therefore, a quick, natural snack. They’re ready when you are!

The link between good nutrition and healthy weight and reduced disease risk is too important to ignore. By taking steps to eat healthy, you’ll be on your way to receiving the nutrients your body needs to stay active, strong and disease free.

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