Simple nutrition concepts to help you eat better
Are you interested in improving your health and your overall quality of life? Are you aware that two of the most relevant factors when talking about health issues are your eating habits and the types of foods you consume.
It is known that many life threatening diseases and chronic conditions we suffer these days are caused by excessive consumption of certain foods.
That is why is important to understand the role of food in our nutrition. We all have heard terms like Proteins, Fats, Carbs , etc, but most of the time we do not fully understand their function in our nutrition. So here comes the first concept we need to take into account, Nutrients .
Nutrients are those substances that are essential for growing and sustaining life. In our case the nutrients are obtained mainly from the foods we eat.
In a very simplified manner and depending on the amount of Nutrients we need, they are classified in two main groups:
Macronutrients : Required in large quantities by our bodies, and mainly used to produce energy required by our bodies.
Macronutrients are subdivided in: Proteins, Carbohydrates and Lipids (also known as Fats).
Micronutrients : Required in smaller quantities, and used to enable many chemical reactions that help in the absorption of Macronutrients.
Micronutrients are subdivided in: Minerals and Vitamins.
A special case is Water , which is not classified as either Macronutrient or Micronutrient but still is such an important function that life can’t be sustained without water.
The attached illustration represents the classification of Nutrients , and is useful to understand how to select the foods we need to improve the nutritional value of our diets.
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