When someone talks about a balanced diet, do you know what they mean?
Is there only one diet that is balanced or can there be more?
In other words, can your balanced diet differ from someone else’s balanced diet?
These are all questions that come to mind when talking about a diet that is “balanced”.
Most health professionals agree that a healthy balanced diet should be composed of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and lean meats, along with some low-fat dairy products. But in what proportions?
To break this down even further, let’s look at the ratios of the three main macronutrients: carbohydrates, fats and protein that should be in your diet.
The general guidelines say 50% of your daily calories should come from carbohydrates. But there are two types of carbohydrates, simple and complex, and they are very different.
- Simple carbs are high in sugar, break down quickly and usually don’t have very much fiber.
- Complex carbs keep you full longer because of the fiber they contain, so they keep you satisfied better and don’t spike your blood sugar.
Of the 50%, only 10% should be come from simple carbs with the rest being complex.