"People are becoming a lot more conscious of the kinds of foods they are eating"
We have all heard the term nutrients or nutrition or some other variation of the word. Due to recent trends, people are becoming a lot more conscious of the kinds of foods that they are eating; however, people are still becoming ill and aging and dying prematurely. We are still seeing diseases such as diabetes and obesity climb to all-time highs at an alarming rate – faster than they ever have before. How can this be? Th ere are a lot of myths that surround this topic and a lot of false information. In an eff ort to combat these issues, we are going to break down the subject into easy to digest sections… pun intended. Nutrients are substances in foods that provide energy and materials for cell development, growth, and repair. Th ere are six kinds of nutrients in food:
• fats & lipids
Carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and fats are all organic nutrients and can be broken down quite easily by heat, air, or acid. Unfortunately, due to their characteristics, cooking, storage, and even simple exposure to air can inactivate these fragile compounds. On the other hand, minerals and water are inorganic and have a more robust chemical structure and can withstand more exposure. It is also interesting to note that, unlike carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and fats which are made up of two or more molecules, minerals are standalone compounds that appear on the Periodic Table of Elements. Nutritionists and other healthcare providers determine the recommended daily amount or RDA of a nutrient by how much each body needs it to stay healthy. Nutrients can be obtained in a variety of ways ranging from dietary choices to supplemental intake. A nutritional defi ciency is when the body doesn’t absorb the necessary amount of a particular nutrient. ►