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Eating to Live



Eating to Live
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.79

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     challenging words:    calorie, teens, maintain, explanation, diets, regularly, serving, calories, intake, unit, measurement, sugary, lower, gain, ideal, height


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Eating to Live
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Do you live to eat, or do you eat to live? Believe it or not, there is a difference. People who live to eat love their food. They look forward to every meal and every snack. But too much of a good thing can be bad for you.
 
2     You need to eat in order to live. Your body uses the nutrients in food for fuel. Food gives you energy. The vitamins in foods keep our bodies healthy. But it is important not to overeat, and to eat the right kinds of food.
 
3     You have probably heard the word calorie. But what is a calorie? Sure, there is a big scientific explanation. But a calorie is simply a unit of measurement like a mile or a minute. A calorie measures energy. It measures the energy you get from food.
 
4     You might think calories are bad things. You've heard that cake has a lot of calories. You shouldn't eat it. But the truth is you need calories to keep your body running. Think of them as gasoline for your engine.
 
5     In order to be healthy, you should stay at a healthy weight. A weight that is healthy for you depends on your height. Ask your doctor how much you should weigh.

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