Medindia

X

» » Nutrition Facts - About

Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts

Rating : 12345
Rate This Article : 1 2 3 4 5
G J 4
A -A +

Nutrition Facts - About

Food as we know is essential for the growth and maintenance of the human body. However, have you ever considered the question of why does an individual eat food?

Advertisement
The answer to this question is that food performs three different functions.

They are:

Physiological Function

Psychological Function

Social Function

Physiological function

All food goes through a complex process of digestion, absorption, assimilation and excretion. Food provides us with calories, which are metabolized in the body to provide energy. Energy is required for all the functions of the body including heart beat, homeostasis, functioning of the brain and other vital organs the body. This is the physiological function of food.

Advertisement
Psychological Function

Food always gives us a feel of satiety or "satisfaction." A normal well-balanced individual human eats food for both physiological and psychological satisfaction. However, sometimes individuals’ mis use food as they consider it a factor influencing their self-esteem and become victims of diet/food related conditions like anorexia or bulimia. Some individuals also go on "bingeing sprees" and lose control over their eating habits.

Social Function

From time immemorial food has been used to bring together people for celebrations as well as sad occasions. Food binds people together and no wedding/funeral is complete without the presence of food. It promotes a feeling of sharing and thus has a social function.

Advertisement
Being healthy and eating well is an amalgamation of all these essential functions of food.


Eat Balanced Diet and Live a Long and Fruitful Healthy Life

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions
WHY IS IT SAID TO BE THAT FIBERS HAS NO FOOD VALUE IN THE BODY
Guest Tuesday, June 11, 2013
food is essential for life
ijeoma Thursday, May 9, 2013
we eat to shit wel and well
dev_kelvin Wednesday, November 2, 2011
is this the importance of balanced diet???
lew95 Sunday, March 22, 2009
Yes
Nurullah120 Sunday, February 3, 2013
Excellant detail. Definately going to help the mankind.
AshokJaswani Tuesday, December 2, 2008
You must have carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals salts and fibre in the correct proportions. If there is not enough protein, you will not be able to grow properly and you will not be able to repair yourself i.e. wounds will not heal properly. If you do not have enough energy containing foods you will feel very tired, you will not have enough energy. If you have too much energy containing foods you will become overweight. If you think that you are overweight you might try taking more exercise to "burn off" some of the excess food which you ate at you last meal.
shree Monday, November 17, 2008

Ask an Expert

C
If you have a question about health related issues, you can now post it in our Ask An Expert section on our community website Medwonders.com and get answers from our panel of experts.

Join Our Online Health Community:

Recommended Groups Members Related Discussions
By registering with Medindia you become part of our global health community. Make new friends and share and discuss your health issues, with 202964 other members across 445 support groups.

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All

Show More Related Topics y

Advertisement