Nutrients in food
When you talk about food, you will often hear people refer to the word feeders. Is the food full of nutrients? Is it nutrient rich? Do you get the recommended daily foods?
What are the nutrients and why are they good for you?
Nutrients are substances in the foods our bodies manipulate to enable them to function. Your dietary requirements are influenced by factors including age, growth, and activity. The nutrients are so small that the naked eye can not see them.
The nutrients can be divided into two categories:
Nutrients – carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
Micronutrients – vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron and vitamin C antioxidants.
Nutrients form the majority of our diets and provide energy for us to move and work. Micronutrients, on the other hand, are chemicals that we require in small quantities for healthy growth and development.
At present, there are many nutritious foods available – meaning they do not contain much of the nutrition your body needs to work. Instead, the food is full of extra energy (kilojoules), but it is not food. This excess energy means that the food will provide your body with the kilojoule, but it is free of the other essential nutrients your body needs to work.