Importance of Vegetarian Diet for Body Nutrition Discussion

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Have you ever been on a low-carb diet? Did you feel like you had enough energy, or were you tired? When someone is on a low-carb diet, what is missing from his or her diet nutritionally? Would you recommend that someone go on one of these diets? Why or why not? (at least 275 words)

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1. Yes, I have been on a low-carb diet.When I limited my carb intake I noticed that I was very tired and irritable.I would take naps throughout the day which is abnormal for me.I also found myself increasing my coffee intake to help me stay awake.After reading this chapter, I understand that limiting the amount of carbs that I ate made me tired because my body was not receiving enough energy in the form of glucose to function properly.Since glucose is our body’s main source of energy, by going on a low-carb diet, you are essentially cutting-off your body’s energy supply.Also, by cutting-out carbs you are most likely decreasing your intake of fiber which provides you body with important vitamins (vitamin B), minerals, and phytochemical that promote good health.I would not recommend that someone goes on a low-carb diet.I think it fine and healthy to decide from what foods you obtain the carbohydrates that your body needs, but I don’t think it is healthy to drastically cut the amount of carbohydrates that you are consuming.The DRI minimum intake for carbohydrates is 130 grams per day for your brain to function properly, but our caloric intake should consist of 45% to 65% of carbohydrates.Getting carbohydrates from fruit, vegetables, and whole grains is a healthier options than getting them from processed and refined foods.Apples, carrots, leafy green, oatmeal, and lentils are just a few examples of food that provide healthy carbohydrates.The saying that “carbs are fattening” is just a myth and is not in fact true.Anything in excess can be considered fattening so there is no reason to completely cut carbs.

2. Low carb diet simply means restricting oneself on carbohydrate consumption which is relative to the average diet. I have never been on a low-carb diet. All foods high in carbohydrates are limited and replaced with higher fat, protein and low carbohydrate foods. It is obvious for people on a low carb diet to often feel tired, this is the obvious reason for not including enough carbohydrates in their diet. This is due to an alteration in their blood glucose levels hence the reason for the general feeling of lethargy. Also, the ones who do choose a low-carb diet they may not get enough of certain Vitamins and minerals. Other than Vitamin, there are important nutrients that lack in a low-carb diet. They include Vitamin C, magnesium, iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Calcium. In order for your body to function well you might want to consider micronutrients. It is important to note that severe deprivation of carbohydrates which is less than 0.7 grams a day, can lead to a condition called ketosis. Ketosis is when your blood lacks enough glucose for energy, so your body breaks down stored fats leading to the buildup of ketones. Low-carb diet is nutritionally deficient in vitamins such as vitamin E which creates muscle weakness. A low carb diet has a lot of significant health impacts such as weight loss, management of diabetes, metabolic syndromes, cardiovascular diseases as well as blood pressure. Therefore, it is highly recommendable for the people who fall in the mentioned categories. So, I wouldn’t recommend someone to go on these diets. Especially because they’re bad for your heart, which could increase your heart disease or certain cancer may occur.

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