A healthy balanced diet is essential to one’s health and well-being and may help prevent certain chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It may also help to reduce your risk of developing some cancers and help you to keep a healthy weight. Eating healthy is most definitely important but interestingly it has also become somewhat of a fad! Nowadays even at a fast food joint one often sees the calorie count staring right back at you. This shows how more and more people are becoming conscious of what and how much they eat.