Nutrients

There are 5 main nutrients that are essential for our body and that must be consumed in our daily diet.  These nutrients can be split into two subcategories: macronutrients and micronutrients.  Macronutrients are built up of the energy-giving caloric components that we are most familiar with: carbohydrates, proteins and fats.  Micronutrients are only required in … Continue reading Nutrients

Protein

Proteins come under the 'macronutrient' category and are one of the three components.  Proteins are essential for repair and growth of tissues in the body and are made up of amino acids. The human body needs 20 amino acids, but cannot produce 9 of the essential amino acids and needs to be consumed by food … Continue reading Protein

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates sit under macronutrients and provide the body with energy; the amount of energy released in the body depends on the type of carbohydrates that are consumed. There are two types of carbohydrates: starch and sugar.  Starch carbohydrates release energy slowly throughout the day and are the better type of carbohydrates for the body.  Sugar carbohydrates … Continue reading Carbohydrates