What Is Body Regulating Foods?


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All food can be designated as belonging into one of three basic groups, namely:
  1. Go - foods, which contain carbohydrates and provide energy
  2. Grow - foods, containing protein necessary for growth and
  3. Glow - foods, containing vitamins and minerals.
Some examples of go - foods are:
  • Wholemeal breads,
  • Wholegrain and wholemeal cereals,
  • Wholemeal pasta,
  • Wholemeal flour,
  • Biscuits, pastries and cakes,
  • Pizzas,
  • Nuts,
  • Oats and
  • Bananas, among many others.
Grow - foods consist of anything within these sub-groups:
  • Meat and poultry,
  • Fish,
  • Dairy products and
  • Eggs.
In addition, some foods such as nuts and bananas, for instance, are good sources of protein, as are a range of pulses, such as beans etc. Soya products and quorn are also regarded as protein sources, good news for vegetarians.

Glow, or body regulating foods, are responsible for the overall health of the body's system by helping to build up and maintain the immune system; produce healthy looking skin, hair and nails etc; promote healing of injuries and assist in digestion, to name but a few benefits. These foods are found in the shape of fruits, such as
  • Blackcurrants,
  • Blackberries,
  • Dates,
  • Grapefruit,
  • Orange,
  • Mulberries,
  • Prickly Pears,
  • Pomegranate,
  • Apples and, naturally, any other fruits.
Vegetables, of course, are another group of glow - foods. Some of the vegetables particularly rich in vitamins and minerals are:

  • Amaranth leaves,
  • Bok Choy,
  • Butternut squash,
  • Brussels Sprouts,
  • Chinese Broccoli,
  • Celery,
  • French Beans,
  • Okra,
  • Kale,
  • Parsnip,
  • Swiss Chard,
  • Spinach,
  • Turnip and
  • Carrots, among a whole host of other vegetables.
There are overlaps between these groups. Nuts, for instance, provide carbohydrates as well as protein and a certain amount of vitamins and minerals. Bananas equally provide a range of nutrients which could place them into any one of the said groups. Making sure that a healthy balance between these three group is maintained will promote continuing health.

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