Your healthy eating dictionaryWhenever you decide to start eating healthy and are searching for information to help you do that, whether it’s in a doctor’s office, in a women’s magazine or online, you always stumble upon the same words and expressions: “antioxidants”, “rich in fibers”, “nutrient requirement”, “detoxification”, “saturated fats”, “optimal nutrition” and so on. Like all of us, you surely have an idea what they refer to, but it is time you knew exactly what healthy eating means:

Processed foods – natural foods that go through a process of industrialization in order to maintain their properties for a longer amount of time (smell, color, shape, density and so on). They are usually treated with food additives, some considered harmless, others…not so much.

Antioxidants – substances that prevent the oxidation in the presence of oxygen.

Rich in fibers – must contain at least 6g of fiber per 100g of product, or at least 3g of fiber per 100 calories.

Nutrient requirement – the minimum quantity of nutrients that a person needs in order to function properly throughout the day. There is no general nutrient requirement as each person has his/her own physical characteristics and level of activity. A doctor is the best person to determine the nutrient requirement.

Detoxification – the sum of processes that take place in our body with the purpose of minimizing the negative impact of the toxins and the xenobiotics (substances considered “foreign” by the body).

Saturated fats – saturated fatty acids and trans fatty acids over the value of 0.1g per 100g or 100ml.

Optimal nutrition – it refers to maximizing the intake of high quality food (that includes more nutrients in less quantity)