What Are Macronutrients?
Like its name suggest macronutrients are nutrients the body needs in macro amounts (large amounts). Our energy comes from macronutrients like protein, carbohydrates and fat.
Micronutrients And Macronutrients?
For the body to work properly, Macronutrients give the body energy, which is why we need large amounts of it. Micronutrients are smaller nutrients the body needs to perform at its best, like vitamins and minerals.
How Micronutrients Serve The Body?
Calories are a way to measure how much energy is in our macronutrients, however we need to rely on wholefoods when counting calories as there are different types of calories, for example a bag of chips will have different calories to avocado on toast. This is why calorie counting can not be an affective measure of nutrients for the body.
The macronutrient protein is absorbed into the body as amino acids, which helps our bodies build muscle, grow and repair cells, hormones and antibodies. Fat helps our body form cell membranes, balancing hormones and help the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Carbohydrates once broken down in our digestive system is turned into glucose, this supplies fuel for our nervous system and brain.
We would consider counting macros a more affective way to track your nutrients than counting calories. Its about balancing your meals so that your daily energy comes from a percentage of each macronutrient. Like any diet, this is unique to each person and can vary depending on what your body’s needs and goals are. It can be complicated so to make it simpler try focusing on all the nutrients you need and reach your daily food servings with all the food groups. Don’t over complicate it, eat a well balanced diet with plenty of nutrients that will leave you energised and make you feel good inside and out!