Our expert says:
Students, like all other health people, should basically eat a well balanced diet that includes all the food groups to prevent deficiencies. Such a diet would consist of plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (at least 5 portions a day), lean meat, fish (3-4 times a week) and eggs (4 per week), plus 3 cups of fat-free milk or yoghurt or cottage cheese a day, whole, unsifted grains and cereals (3-4 servings), legumes (cooked or canned dry beans, peas or lentils or soya) as often as possible, and poly- or monounsaturated oils or margarine (olive oil, tub marg, etc) (3 tablespoons a day) to provide all the nutrients the body requires for good health. Students should avoid eating take-aways, rich fatty or sugary foods (cakes, pies, doughnuts, crisps, etc) and restrict their intake of sweetened cold drinks, fruit juice (liquid sweetened products are more fattening than solid sugary products) and alcohol. Unfortunately most students either live in hostels where the food can be very stodgy and fatty, or they have to fend for themselves and buy take-aways and cold drinks. One of the post important factors in providing a balanced diet to students is careful planning so that a student who lives outside a hostel at least purchases healthy foods and makes balanced meals. But I know, that this is easier said, than done and that most students tend to gain weight during their student days due to eating the wrong foods and drinking the wrong drinks.
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