Learning About Eating Healthy

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Food science is really cool. I’ve been taking a class from coursera.org on food. Here is the link https://www.coursera.org/learn/food-and-health

I’ve heard of amino acids before but never studied biology in school, hence understanding exactly what these acids has been thrilling.

I learned that amino acids are these kind of building blocks of life. For humans, we have 20 in order to stay alive. Nine of them are essential which means our body doesn’t produce enough of them, if any, to survive. This also means that in order to get enough, we have to find them in foods or supplements.

A good balance of these important acids lead to good health while the lack thereof has been shown to lead to all sorts of bad diseases.

I also learned about sugars and fats. If you consume foods that have a high glycemic index your body is going to produce a ton of insulin at once to try to counter balance the rush of sugar entering your body which leads to low blood sugar. This is opposite from what I was expecting.

This actually reminds me of how my father always has low blood sugar and eats sweets like they are going out of style.

There are essentially two types of fats. Saturated and unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats are the good ones while saturated fats are the bad ones. Saturated fats tend not to be liquid at room temperature while unsaturated fats tend to come in liquid form. There is this weird case where “fake” or artificial saturated fats can flip at a molecular level and become trans fats. These fats are extremely bad for us because they cause DHL in your blood to decrease (good cholesterol) and LDL to increase (bad cholesterol)

The last type of fat that your body needs is called omega 3 fatty acids. These are found in fish and are super important for our wellbeing because your body can’t produce it.

So far this class has been really cool. I highly recommend taking it.

stay tuned.

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