Nutrients and Substances Found in Food
What are Nutrients?
The amino acids in the protien build, repair, and help maintain all the cells in your body. Meat, fish and poultry are good sources of protien. So are eggs, beans, and nuts.
Marathon runners fuel up on big pasta dinners before they race. That’s because our body gets most of its energy from carbohydrates found in bread, pasta, rice, other starches.
Besides supplying energy, fats make up important part of many cells. Your body draws these fats when food is scarce. Fats also insulates your body and helps keep you warm. Not all fats are good for you.
Saturated fats, found in butter and meat, should be kept to minimum, and stay away from trans fats that are found in processed foods. Mono-saturated fats, such as olive oil, are healthy choice.
Vitamins and Minerals
Your body doesn’t need large amounts of most vitamins and minerals. But they are necessary to keep your body working in top shape. Calcium, found in milk products, is a mineral your body needs to make sure your teeth and bones stay healthy. Carrots, sweet potatoes, and leafy green vegetables are rich in vitamin. A, which is necessary for good eyesight.
Your body could last weeks without food, but not without water. Water found in every cell and tissue in your body. It carries nutrients to cells and gets rid of waste products.
Superfoods are packed with nutrients that may keep your immune system strong and help you stay healthy. They are foods that many people include in their diets as much as possible. Here are just a few:
Also known as Kamote or Camote, one of the most nutritious vegetables around, sweet potatoes contain potassium, vitamins C and A, and iron.
Whole grains such as oatmeal, brown rice, and quinoa are a great source of minerals, carbohydrates, vitamins B and E, and a healthy dose of fiber.
Yougurt has calcium, protien, carbohydrates, and vitamin B. The kind that contains live active cultures is a good for digestion.
Besides being tasty and low in calories, blueberries are rich in antioxidants—nutrients that may help prevent certain diseases.
A good source of protien, eggs provide you with more than a dozen vitamins and minerals.
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