What are Macronutrients?
Macronutrients are nutrients that the body needs in large quantities. These are protein, carbohydrates, and fats.
1. PROTEIN: Protein derives from animals and plants. These include beef, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, cheese, spinach, kale, broccoli etc. Protein is composed of amino acids; essential and nonessential. Essential amino acids are needed by the body and have to be obtained from food, whereas nonessential amino acids are produced naturally so you don’t need to get these from food.
2. CARBOHYDRATES: Carbs are simply the energy source of the body. They are either used for instant energy or stored in the muscles and liver for energy down the road. They also contain a generous amount of vitamins and minerals, plus a lot of them are high in fiber. Beans, grains, fruits, vegetables, and certain dairy products are all sources of carbs.
3. FATS: Fat is in a completely different arena. It is used by the body for hormone production, joint integrity, and brain function, and it keeps your skin, hair, and nails healthy. As an added bonus, it can keep your body insulated and warm. You will find it in nuts, seeds, avocados, oils, nut butters, olives, certain meats, cold-water fish, and dairy products.
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