Essay On Macronutrients

comparative Essay
815 words
815 words

If you frequent health forums or fitness blogs, you'll have read the word “macros” before. The word is short for macronutrients. That leads to the question, “what are macronutrients?”

The macronutrients a person consumes are what the body needs to function properly. They are the nutrients from protein, fats and carbohydrates that make up a person's daily nutrition. The amount of macronutrients and ratio of one to the other is what people alter to achieve a certain result. For example, lowering carbs and fats while amping up on protein is what body builders do to gain more muscle. Runners will lower protein while increasing carbs to give themselves a rush for a big races.

What is Protein?

You've probably heard about how influential protein is to gaining muscle, but it also gives you …show more content…

In terms of why your body needs fats from foods, it uses fat to absorb vitamins. Dietary fats will include saturated as well as unsaturated fats. One type of fat is good for your body and one isn't great at all. This is what can be confusing to most people who strive to remove fats from their diet when they're trying to lose weight.

Saturated fats come from animal sources like steak, hamburger and pork. Unsaturated fats are derived from plants. There are also trans fats that are considered poison for the body. They raise the bad cholesterol in your body, and should never be included in a healthy diet. There are also fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 that are good for a healthy body.

There should always be a balance between the good macronutrients. Even though you might want to eliminate fats from your daily intake, the USDA concludes that all of the macronutrients are vital in combination with the others. They advocate that daily calories from fats should account for 20-40% of the person's daily calories.

Good fats are found in nuts, avocados, olives, seeds and healthy oils like olive oil, flaxseed, and sesame.

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that macronutrients are the nutrients from protein, fats and carbohydrates that make up a person's daily nutrition.
  • Explains that protein helps the body regulate what is healthy to let into the cells and what should be repelled. the usda regulates how food companies report the ingredients in their products.
  • Explains that the body needs fiber to operate and work efficiently. the usda recommends that people should eat 45-65% of their calories in the form of carbs.
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