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Why Healthy Ingredients are
Important for a Healthy Life

Too often, people's interest in the nutritional information on the products they eat after they get t the calorie count. In other words, they often don't bother to look at the ingredients and whether or not the ingredients used are fresh. And yet, the ingredients used in cooking are far more important than the calorie count.

What Makes Fresh Food Better, Anyway?

If you're cooking any meal, the fresher the ingredients, the better. That is because fresh ingredients are more likely to retain nutrients that are essential to your health. That is why freshly cooked food is almost always far healthier than processed foods.

In other words, if you want to be as healthy as possible, you should always try to avoid processed food and only cook with healthy ingredients, to the extent possible. Face it; over the long run, too much processed food can have a negative effect on your health.

For example, some processed foods have come in contact with pesticides, and that is just one reason to stick with fresh ingredients. There are so many others, including the following:

  • Better Nutrition - As noted, when you cook with fresh and healthy ingredients, those ingredients are more likely to retain most of their inherent nutrients. Not only do processed foods lose nutrients during processing, but again; they often pick up other substances, including some that are artificial and lack any nutritional value whatsoever.
  • More Flavorful - When you want the best tasting food possible, use the freshest ingredients you can find. Food that has been preserved loses taste as time goes on, while fresher food has a lot more true flavor. For the best taste, use fresh ingredients and cook them in the first 48 hours of purchase.
  • Get More for your Money - While fresh, healthy ingredients tend to be more expensive than the processed version of the same food, in the long run, you'll be much healthier in the long run, which means you'll spend a lot less on doctors and medicines. You can even grow your own fresh fruits and vegetables to use, which will cost you far less than the grocery store's produce department will charge.

Overall, a diet complete with fresh ingredients, especially fruits and vegetables, will give your body the essential vitamins and minerals it needs, plus it will keep your organs healthier, by providing the natural hydration it needs. That is because fresh vegetables and fruits have a higher water content than other foods.

A Feeling of Control

Also, when you cook your own meals with fresh ingredients, you have more control over the fats, oils, sugar, and sodium that are added to your meal. Sugar, fat, and sodium are not all bad, but they should be taken in small doses to be absorbed properly into the body.

You can also put away the notion that frozen foods are as good as fresh ones, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. It is enzymes that help your body break down the fruits and vegetables you eat and freezing any food results in a serious reduction in enzyme activity.

Why Are the Ingredients So Important to the Food You Consume?

Many people believe that calories matter more than anything else when it comes to staying healthy. However, the reality is, two different meals with the same calorie count can have absolutely different interactions with your body.

For instance, proteins are important to your body because it uses them to build and repair tissue. They are also important for making body chemicals, like enzymes, hormones, and the like. Protein is also crucial to building cartilage, bones, skin, and blood.

At the same time, a meal with the same calorie count, but made of complex carbohydrates, will provide the sugars needed for energy in the short -term, but will have a small amount of effect on your overall health.

The truth is, any ingredient, whether it's considered healthy or unhealthy, should be consumed in moderation, and in balance with all other ingredients. Most fresh food is necessary for some way for a healthy diet, but each one plays a critical role in your body. A meal of fresh food has to be balanced, and processed food are rarely balanced because such ingredients as preservatives reduce the likelihood of balance.

Author Bio:

Larry Alton is a blogger and passionate writer at He loves cooking and is fond of travelling.

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