What does food mean to you? What is your favorite food? Do you make it a point to eat healthy food? How important is it for you to eat healthy food? Do you know what makes a balanced and healthy diet? As they say, not all foods are created equal. There are junk foods, fast foods, and there are healthy foods. With the various choices around us, we should be wise in choosing the right food that would really be beneficial for our bodies. Each decision we make affects our health. But how do we make wise food choices? What are the factors that influence one’s decisions on food consumption? What benefits does one stand to gain in eating a healthy and balanced diet? The purpose of this paper is to analyze the factors behind food consumption and to inform about the benefits of healthy eating in the hope of enlightening others in making wise food choices for their good health and well-being. Poor diet and an unhealthy lifestyle can increase the risk of diseases whereas proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can improve one’s overall development. The findings of this research can help individuals, families, communities, and the government in implementing good nutritional eating behaviors among the public as we look towards the improvement of people’s health and well-being.
Making wise food choices begins with an understanding of food and diet. Food is one of the most basic needs of man to survive and maintain optimal health through his lifetime. Our body needs food to maintain, nourish, and develop its functions. But the kind of food that we eat affects the efficiency of our bodily functions. This means that we cannot just eat whatever we want, whatever is edible, or whenever we want to eat. There has to be a balanced healthy diet for the body to run smoothly. So, watch your diet because you are what you eat.