What does a diet mean? Is a diet important for a person?

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What does a diet mean? Is a diet important for a person?

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A person’s diet is the food that you eat. It does not necessarily mean weight loss.

I am currently researching meal supplements. I am attempting to locate information regarding current studies on a
total meal supplement. Not that I am an advocate to meal supplements, I am concerned with the world’s population
increase and the continuous degradation of soils used for supplying our foods. Are you aware of any research
pertaining to a meal supplement containing “all” of the vitamins, calories, fiber, minerals and ?? that one’s mind and
body would need? Have these needs been determined, including trace elements? I would greatly appreciate any
information you could offer.

There are many studies that examine between meal supplements as well as total liquid meals replacements, if you are
referring to products like Ensure or Sustacal. These liquid formulas are designed to provide 100% of the RDA in
approximately 1800 calories and 5 to 8 cup (1200 to 1800 ml). I would suggest you check the Journal of the
American Dietetic Association, which has an index in the December issue. Also, the Journal of Clinical Nutrition
would be another good source. These should be available in the library of any university that has a nutrition science
department. Have you done an on-line Medline search of medical literature for liquid supplements?

These supplements are usually prescribed for persons who need to supplement their food intake with calories, protein,
vitamins or minerals or who are unable to eat any solid food. The issue of the world’s increase in population or
degradation of soils used to grow food is not going to be solved with liquid supplements as most are milk based.
Cows need more acreage to graze and produce milk or meat than the equivalent caloric and protein from grains, fruits
and vegetables. Also, liquid supplements are more expensive than whole foods.

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A balanced diet is one that gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. To get the proper nutrition from your diet, you should consume the majority of your daily calories in:

fresh fruits
fresh vegetables
whole grains
legumes
nuts
lean proteins

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Your food choices each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future.

Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health

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