Healthy Eating: What Does it mean?
When we talk about “healthy eating” we generally mean the habit of eating in a balanced, clean and healthy way.
Eating SanoTuttavia, because of the influence of various schools of thought that often contrast traditional scientific-academic research, or simply try to modify it (in a more or less lawful way), the concept of healthy eating is becoming increasingly blurred and difficult to frame.
For this reason, in Italy and beyond, the officially recognized research institutions propose rules or principles that can be considered a “guarantee” of correctness; in the Bel Paese, this “vademecum” of the health care professional (which should concern the custom of any individual) is said:”Guidelines for an Italian Healthy Food”.
This publication is also available online on the website of the “Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca per gli Alimenti e la Nutrizione” (National Research Institute for Food and Nutrition) (from 2013 renamed Centro di Ricerca per gli Alimenti e la Nutrizione), responsible for its creation and dissemination.
It must be specified, however, that healthy eating does not only mean maintaining the nutritional balance, but also using foods that can guarantee a hygienic standard. This parameter must then be contextualized both in the biological and microbiological field and in that of contamination.
Readers will have already understood that this is a vast and difficult topic to summarize, especially in a single article. However, without the presumption of fully meeting all learning needs, I will try to summarise the main criteria of healthy eating as effectively as possible below.