The health benefits of food have been studied by countless ancient civilizations and modern herbalists, naturopaths, and dieticians. Doctors have always told us that a properly balanced diet will help us prevent the incidence of a number of illnesses and diseases, treat most ailments, and help us live a healthy and happy life. Despite that advice, most people limit themselves to only a few types of food items and do not always get the nutrition their body needs.

Here is a short list of nutrients that our body requires – calories, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fiber, and minerals. Along with minerals, the body also needs vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, Biotin, Folic Acid, vitamin D, vitamin E, Tocopherol, and vitamin K. To get all these nutrients, it becomes necessary to eat a wide variety of food items.

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