Nutrition Gaining Attention

Nutrition Gaining Attention

Lately, there is an increased awareness amongst diners about healthy food and nutrition. Many are becoming more conscious of how their diet affects their health and life span. They are taking note and making an effort to better understand the nutritional content of the food they eat.

While the demand for good value and tasty food still ranks high as consideration points for diners, nutrition is fast becoming an increasingly important factor in deciding where and what to eat.

Food service operators not only need to know what goes into the dishes but also how to educate their guests on the value of healthy eating. Here, we will cover 5 key areas of health and nutrition to help keep your menu exciting, flavorful and nutritious.

"It is about eating healthy. The market is becoming more knowledgeable."

- Chef Dhillon Ng (Malaysia)

5 Key Areas of Health and Nutrition

5 Key Areas of Health and Nutrition

Energy

We need energy for all our daily activities. It is important to make sure you have the right balance of nutrients (fat, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins etc.) to provide energy and stay healthy.

Fats

Fat is an important source of energy and essential fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids). There are “good fats” like mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids that increase good (HDL) cholesterol, and “bad fats” like saturated and trans fats that increase bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates, the most important source of dietary energy, are primarily delivered through complex carbohydrates (fiber and starches) found in rice, pasta, noodles, bread and potatoes. They can also be found in simple sugars (sucrose added to food and drinks, fructose in fruit juices and lactose in milk).

Sodium

Sodium maintains the water balance in our body and aids muscle and nerve activity. The most important source of sodium is salt; it provides taste and helps preserves food. Can’t find the salt content on the product’s nutritional information? If only the sodium content is listed, you can estimate the salt content with this formula:

Salt = 2.5 x Sodium

Additives

Food additives are normally not used as a primary ingredient or consumed by themselves. Though their nutritional values vary, they are used intentionally in food for technological purposes in the manufacturing, processing, preparation, treatment, transporting, packing or holding of food. By including them, food additives affect the characteristic and become a component of food.

How well do you know health and nutrition?

How well do you know health and nutrition
  1. What types of food typically provide monounsaturated fat?

    a. Meat, dairy e.g. butter, chocolate, palm oil, coconut oil
    b. Avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil, canola oil
    c. Oily fish (salmon, tuna), safflower oil, linseed oils, margarines, soya bean, rapeseed oil

  2. Most of the sodium in your diet comes from

    a. Salt we add at the table
    b. Processed food
    c. Sodium that occurs naturally in food

  3. What are examples of additives?

    a. Yeast extract and lactose
    b. Cream powder, aroma and nutmeg
    c. Taste enhancers and stabilizer

  4. It’s impossible to become fat if your diet is very low in fat.

    True / False

  5. A diet high in fiber keeps the digestive system healthy.

    True / False

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