We live in a dynamic world – where everything around us is constantly changing. There has been a massive shift towards making more healthful choices. Individuals are now making food choices that are more nutritious to positively influence their health and well-being. Industries have also jumped onto the health bandwagon, with so many options out there, foods are now produced with the consumer in mind. That’s why its important for us to know what complete nutrition means to make sure we are making the best, healthiest choices for ourselves and our family. Let’s take a closer look.
CHOICES, CHOICES AND MORE CHOICES
Did you know that an average person makes a ridiculous 35,000 choices every single day? You read right, 35 000 choices 1. Assuming that sleep accounts for about seven hours per day and thus is blissfully choice-free, we make about 2,000 decisions every hour or a shocking one decision every two seconds. Researchers have estimated that we make 226.7 food decisions each day and as your level of responsibility rises, so does the multitude of choices you have to make2. But food choices shouldn’t be difficult and once you understand complete nutrition it will hopefully make your choices that much easier.
1. ALL ABOUT CARBOHYDRATES
Carbohydrates are one of the food groups that are often overlooked and yet it plays such an important role in our body. Carbohydrates are our bodies’ main energy source meaning we need to eat these for vitality and productivity. What’s important here is the type of carbohydrates we are choosing. We need to try avoid refined, high sugar options and instead have high fibre options, these will keep us fuller for longer and help keep our digestive systems healthy3. This is easy to do – instead of white options choose brown – whole-wheat is even better. We also want to choose low GI carbohydrates, these give us slow sustained energy levels and keeps us fuller for a longer period – yay, double the benefits! Look out for the low GI claim on products.
2. WHAT ABOUT PROTEIN?
Protein is important to repair and replenish our muscles. They transport substances in our bodies and help our immune systems. Ever heard of something called amino acids? Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, they are vital for a variety of functions such as protein synthesis, tissue repair and nutrient absorption. There are 20 different amino acids and these are classified as non-essential (our bodies can make these) and essential (our bodies do not make these, therefore we need to obtain these from our diet.
3. HEALTHY FATS
Healthy fats play an important role in brain health, they also keep our hair, skin and nails looking fabulous and help to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Essential fatty acids also known as omega-3 and omega-6 need to be obtained from our diet, these fatty acids play important roles in many processes in the body including our inflammatory responses and regulating blood pressure. They also help with the prevention of diseases such as diabetes and certain types of cancers.
4. VITAMINS AND MINERALS FOR THE WIN
Vitamins and minerals play hundreds of key roles in our bodies. They help keep our bones healthy and strong, heal wounds and boost our immune system. They also convert food into energy and repair cellular damage. It is best to obtain vitamins and minerals from whole foods as they contain a complex medley of nutrients and other health-promoting substances, such as antioxidants, fibre and phytochemicals, that not only supply the raw materials you need for growth, repair, energy and immunity but also the compounds that can reduce your overall risk for many diseases4. Supplements can provide these benefits as well, but typically not in the same combination or to the same extent as whole foods Certain vitamins and minerals are also more readily available from food sources which means better absorption. If you feel you would like to supplement your diet, or you have certain deficiencies it would be best to speak to your healthcare provider.
HOW FUTURELIFE® SMART FOOD™ PROVIDES COMPLETE NUTRITION
A 50g serving of FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ mixed with low-fat milk, is a nutritionally complete and balanced meal as it provides an internationally recommended blend of energy from Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats5. It is the first and only scientifically formulated, low GI food that is high in energy. It is formulated using a key ingredient called SmartMaize™ which is the result of a patented cooking process, which gives it a distinct profile and a “unique fingerprint.” It is also high in dietary fibre and contains inulin, made from whole grains (which gives this product it’s “grainy” texture) to ensures optimal digestion and immune support.
FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ is high in protein and contains 19 amino acids. Formulated using unique FutureSoy, providing 21% of energy from protein and 9g of protein per 50g serving. It is high in Omega-3 and naturally free from trans fatty acids and cholesterol.
The product contains 21 Vitamins and Minerals delivering 50% of daily requirements for all vitamins and most minerals 6. Additionally, it contains functional ingredients namely fibre and inulin (great for everyday digestive health) as well as MODUCARE® (a daily immune supplement, helping to balance and strengthen the immune system, made from a patented blend of natural plant sterols and sterolins, in a clinically proven ratio of 100:1. MODUCARE® is supplied exclusively to FUTURELIFE® under license from Aspen Pharmacare). This product provides complete nutrition and is the smart choice for you and your family. To learn more visit www.futurelife.co.za .
With so many choices every day, making healthy food choices should be as easy as 1,2,3. This will help to positively influence your health, decrease your risk for diseases and help you to feel fantastic. Now that you know what to look out for shopping for your family should be an absolute breeze.
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- Nutrient Reference Values (NRV’s) for individuals 4 years & older. (2011, September 1). Retrieved from Department of Health: http://www.health.gov.za/index.php/shortcodes/2015-03-29-10-42-47/2015-04-30-09-10-23/2015-04-30-09-11-35/category/207-regulations-labelling-and-advertising?download=746:guidelines-rel