A balanced diet is a basis of Women’s Health. Women, like men, should enjoy a variety of nutritious foods from all of the food’s groups, including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, low-fat or fat-free dairy and lean protein. But women also have unique nutrient needs, and, during each stage of a woman’s life, needs change.
Nutrient-rich foods provide energy for women’s busy lives and help to decrease the risk of disease. A healthy eating plan regularly includes:
Complete grains such as whole-grain bread, whole-wheat pasta, whole-wheat cereal flakes, brown rice or oats.
Three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products containing milk, yogurt or cheese; or calcium-fortified plant-based alternatives.
Protein such as lean meat, seafood, eggs, beans, poultry, lentils, tofu, nuts and seeds.
Fresh, canned or frozen fruits without added sugar can be included in the regular diet.
Fresh, canned or frozen vegetables without added salt.
Women who take a low-fat diet plan could improve the health and lifespan of women who have received a diagnosis of breast cancer. Postmenopausal women took low-fat dietary intervention that also aimed for higher intakes of vegetables, fruits, and grains.
After following a low-fat diet following results has been found:
Women who had experienced breast cancer and who followed a low-fat diet “with corresponding increase in vegetables, fruit, and grains” were 15–35% less likely to die from any cause.
Women in the low-fat diet group were 13–25% less likely to develop insulin-dependent diabetes.
The women who did not have high blood pressure or a history of cardiovascular disease at the beginning of the study were 15–30% less likely to develop coronary heart disease.
The role of nutrition in overall health suggest that low fat diets rich in fruits, vegetables, and grains have health benefits without any noticed adverse effects.