Micronutrients, Macronutrients, and Calories. You’ve almost definitely heard of these terms already, but it’s possible you don’t fully understand them. They are, after all, blanket categorical terms that contain a lot of different things, and a good balance of them is essential for a healthy body. So in this article, we’ll be diving a little deeper into the terms, what they mean, and what they’ve got in them.
- Calories are, simply put, energy we get from food. It’s a little more complicated than that, but for now that’s what we’ll stick with.
- Macronutrients. They contain a few different things, that work for your body in a few different ways.
- Proteins are an important component for your body. Did you brush your hair today, or do your nails? You may know that your hair and nails are made up of Keratin. Did you know Keratin is a Protein? Well, it is. Your muscles are made up of Actin and Myosin, and those are Proteins too. That’s why it can be good to have a protein shake after a workout; it helps repair your muscles. So yeah, protein is very valuable to your body.
- Fats have a pretty negative mainstream reputation, but not all of that is fair. They’re an even better source of energy than carbs and proteins, and help keep cells healthy. They’re also a source of warmth for your body, which is good news for all those Florida-born people when February roles around. However, there are four different types of fats: trans fat and saturated fats are the unhealthy ones. Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats are the healthy ones that you should focus on getting into you.
- Carbohydrates consist of fibers, starches, and sugars.