Around the world, attitudes are changing towards healthy living and eating and according to a recent study by Mintel so is that of Canadians. It is the rise of holistic health trends, and superfoods and Canadians are taking a whole new approach towards health according to the study called Attitudes Towards Healthy Eating.
Mintel’s study found that as much as 84% of consumers in Canada believe that what they consume hugely impacts their physical health. Around 63% or almost two-thirds of Canadians agree that their emotional wellbeing is affected by their eating pattern. The study on healthy eating also showed that around of 72% of all mean is trying to eat more healthy foods while 80% of women are focussed on consuming more healthy foods.
The association of food with a label of good or bad could make certain individual feel bad or good, which potentially affects woman’s self-esteem. The is again proved by the recent study that found that almost half, or more accurately 49% of all Canadians shared that they do feel guilty after eating foods considered to be less healthy. This percentage reaches 59% amongst women younger than 55 years of age and further increases to 60% amongst mothers. Overall around 45% of all Canadians showed interest in trying out the latest foods claim to increase health, which includes spirulina and chia seeds. Around 35% is already including super-foods in their diet by adding broccoli, kale and quinoa to most meals.
To proof, the increase in the importance of healthy eating, around 40% agreed that they are conducting online research in order to learn more about foods that address specific needs such as controlling acid reflux and improving skin conditions. Yet still, only 27% or a mere one quarter revealed that they are more likely to purchase items that claim to be healthy on packaging since similar food without a health claim cost less. The Mintel study found in fact only about 20% of all consumers did trust the health claims made on the packaging of food. For consumers aged 10 to 34 years of age, the barrier of adopting a healthier lifestyle as well as healthier eating is more challenging. For the younger age the high frequency of events, social outings and always being on the go offers an increase in opportunity to snack.
The Mintel study proofed a definite increase in the importance of healthy eating, which is further confirmed by almost 50% of Canadians feeling guilty after consuming foods or snacks they feel is unhealthy. This can change tremendously once younger residents in Canada get more interested as they would be able to teach youngsters from an early age about eating healthy and within a few years, the whole world could benefit from healthy lifestyle decisions we all make today.
Food, health and sports are more connected than most individuals think since we all need food that includes vitamins, calcium, protein and carbohydrates from vegetables and fruits. The long list of health benefits in participating in different sports includes efficient heart functioning, proper weight management, diabetes control or preventions, low cholesterol levels and an improvement in blood circulation as well as lower stress and hypertension levels. While activities such as running, or any other activity helps with muscle toning and bone strengthening, it also offers positive discipline and energy that build a healthy self-esteem.
Participating in several sports is an activity favoured by many individuals around the globe. It offers the enjoyment of being part of the like-minded social group while it also freshens up the minds of people. Sports is more than kicking a ball or running or jumping, it helps active people’s bodies to function more efficiently. Several sports activities involve each muscle, strengthens the entire body and at the end promotes great health.
Health benefits of sports
The health benefits of sports participation are not only the enjoyment or fun, it offers benefits such as strong muscles, weight management and most of all a healthy heart. Depending on the type of sport, it helps with our ability to stretch and when it comes to heart benefits, those who participate in any type of exercise or sport have far fewer chances of heart malfunctioning. Any type of activity helps the heart to pump more blood, which is basically a workout for the body, in itself. Insulin performs better during sports activities and significantly reduce the risk of diabetes while it burns excess calories resulting in weight loss or better weight management.
For millions of people around the world, obesity is a reality and the only way to deal with it is to adopt a lifestyle which includes lots of physical activity. To burn fat or calories to shed weight, individuals need to participate in sport to become naturally fitter and leaner. High blood pressure also known as hypertension could result in heart disease or a stroke and to control or prevent it, physical activity, a healthy diet and an altered lifestyle is the only success recipe.
It all starts with correcting your food habits, replace bread and cakes with fruit and vegetables, and you’ll have the energy to participate in sports or be more active. Most sportsmen and women agree that sports offer a positive attitude and that it all starts with sufficient rest and a good diet. Being part of a team in any sports helps build participants self-esteem, which improves skill, strengthen muscles and strengthen bone density, which prevents osteoporosis. It trains your mind to find new strategies, think calmly and to deal with problems without getting worked up about it, leading to great solutions without any negative attitude toward the problem or the cause of it.