Today, we must determine how much nourishment we need, how much physical exercise we need, and how best to accomplish those ends. Calorie needs, nutritional needs, physical needs, and education about those needs now is information we should all understand, at least as it applies to our individual self. Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body, in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do. Our ability to provide the body with all its necessary food, vitamins, and minerals so that we continue to prosper in our daily life processes. Also, a calcium deficiency brings on osteoporosis, a weakening of the bone. This disease alone costs millions in medical expense to the population.
So how do we determine that we are providing the essential nutritional needs? That knowledge comes by educating ourselves about what our individual needs are, the needs of our family, and then taking that knowledge and applying it to the foods we buy, that we prepare, and that our families consume. Nutrition is one of the most complex areas to gain useful knowledge about, because there are so many components, and because each person has their own individual needs. Women needs differ from those of men, and older women’s needs differ from those of a young girl.
As we become older, our needs regularly changes, therefore we have to continuous education about nutrition is a fact of life. Can you see the complexity of the situation now? What we really need is to grow a scale that decides the nutritional needs of our bodies on a cellular level, so that as we become older, as our health changes, we can change the content of our body. Individuality is the key to understanding each person’s nutritional needs, and then working to educate us is the key to fulfilling those nutritional needs. Good nutrition should be the ultimate goal of every person alive.
Nutrition is the effect of the process by which an organism ingests and uses foods for growth and maintenance of the body. Foods are composed of specific nutrients; protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients serve as the raw material and energy needed for the body to carry out all of its functions. Experts have known for years that seafood is a source of top-quality protein. Through the educational and promotional efforts of the seafood industry, government, and the general public has a sharper sense of the importance of seafood in a healthy diet. Seafood can make a significant contribution to the nutrient needs of all consumers, especially growing children and the elderly.
Proteins are large molecules composed primarily of amino acids. Our body’s digestive enzymes break down the protein we consume to release amino acids which are in turn used to make new proteins the body uses for growth and maintenance.
Fat and Calories:
What is a calorie? Many people count calories or “weight-watch,” but do they really understand what they are counting? The food calorie or kilogram calorie is a measure of energy, defined as the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram (approximately 2.2 pound) of water one degree Celsius.
Vitamins and Minerals:
There are two types of vitamins, fat soluble (A, D, E, and K) and water soluble (C and the B complex). Vitamins A and D are found in fish liver oils and in small amounts in the fatty tissues of fish. Seafood is generally low in fat, and we usually don’t consume fish liver oils; therefore, seafood is not considered a significant source of the fat-soluble vitamins.
Cholesterol levels are not significant in most seafood products. Finfish are generally quite low in cholesterol, with shellfish having low to moderate amounts. In the past, shellfish have been excluded from low cholesterol diets because they were believed to be high in cholesterol.