My daily diet should contain a balance of proteins, carbohydrates (carbs), and lipids (collectively called macronutrients). According to Kirby (2011), micronutrients are substances such as vitamins, and minerals that are essential for healthy growth and developments. The body only requires small quantities of micronutrients and without them serious problems can arise. The role of each micronutrient makes proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids equally important in my diet. Proteins are important for repair and tissue growth, helps the body to make enzymes and hormones, as well as preserve lean muscle mass and is a source of energy. Carbohydrates are the body main source of energy and are easily broken down into glucose …show more content…
Conclusion The website Your Nutrient and Health Solution (n.d.) defines nutrients as substances needed for growth, metabolism, and for other body functions and macronutrients are nutrients that provide calories or energy. Nutrients are carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids (also known as oils and fats) and provide our bodies with energy that is counted as calories. Proteins and lipids along with the micronutrients vitamins, minerals, and water helps to promote growth and development while regulating body functions. My daily intake seems to be missing so many of the daily recommended intakes for me. To help me obtain the necessary nutrients and micronutrients my body needs, I went to the My Plate website for help. Based on my information provided, a chart of daily recommended amount of each of the food groups was generated. I want to gain a health weight and the chart recommends that my daily intake should consist of 5ozs of grains, 2 cups of vegetables, 1 ½ cups of fruits, 3 cups of dairy, and 5ozs of protein foods. Not only will this help me to obtain a health weight, it will give me the energy I need to get through the day and help my body to function more efficiently.
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