What is Nutrition? Is it eating? Is it a Diet? Is it something that we can read on a food label? Let’s simplify it a little bit.
The dictionary provides this definition of Nutrition (nu-tri-tion), a noun:
1. the act or process of nourishing or being nourished.
2. the science or study of, or a course of study in, nutrition, esp. of humans.
3. the process by which organisms take in and utilize food material.
4. food; nutriment.
5. the pursuit of this science as an occupation or profession.
The definition tells us that we can study nutrition, it is a science, and an occupation. By definition, there must be some complexity to “Nutrition” – and it is likely that the majority of us don’t have the time or desire to study Nutrition at this level.
In keeping it a little more simple and relating it to ourselves, Nutrition is nourishment and eating supplies each of us with materials – food – required by our bodies and cells to function and stay alive. An important function for all of us! We must eat, or body requires it, our cells require it, it is something we must have.
Unfortunately, we get thousands of messages a year from commercials, food labels, friends, and restaurant telling us what is good for us, their food is low in this and that, what can help us lose weight, etc. The bottom line is that each of us needs to understand 1) How much we should eat, 2) What we should eat, and 3) How our body uses what we eat. We are all different, so the answers may be a little different for each of us. The concepts are still the same.