Macronutrients are the nutrients we need in larger quantities that provide us with energy. These are fat, protein, water, and carbohydrates. Each of the four primary macronutrients affects the body differently.
Macronutrients are nutrients that provide calories or energy and are required in large amounts to maintain body functions and carry out the activities of daily life.
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What Are Macronutrients
Each of the macronutrients, carbohydrate, water, protein, and fat, has different properties that influence health ◳, but all are a source of energy.
Macronutrients provide energy ◳ and are needed for growth, metabolism, and other functions in the body.
Macronutrients have the potential to alter cognitive function ◳ by using effects on neuronal cell structure. They are also needed for neurotransmission, energy supply to the brain, and metabolism.
Carbohydrates are composed of simple sugars and are found mainly in plants, usually stored as starches or cellulose.
Carbohydrates provide the body with fuel. The body breaks carbs down into sugar (glucose), which either provides immediate energy or gets stored for later use.
You can find more information about carbohydrates, their benefits and side-effects, and the research behind them in Carbohydrates: How To Use Them For Your Benefit.
Fat is a source of essential fatty acids, which the body cannot make itself. Dietary fat plays a vital role in the body.
Fat-soluble vitamins need fat to be absorbed in the body.
The two main types of fats in food are; saturated fatty acids and unsaturated fatty acids.
You can find more information about fatty acids, their benefits and side-effects, and the research behind them in Fatty Acids: How To Use Them For Your Benefit.
Protein provides the body with amino acids, which are the building blocks for muscle and other vital structures.
Your body can make some amino acids on its own, but there are nine amino acids that your body cannot make, and therefore needs to be provided through your diet.
You can find more information about amino acids, their benefits and side-effects, and the research behind them in Amino-Acids: How To Use Them For Your Benefit.
Proteins are large complex molecules made up of about 20 amino acids.
Adequate intake of protein is essential. Protein is vital for the entire body to function as it should.
You can find more information about proteins, their benefits and side-effects, and the research behind them in Proteins: How To Use Them For Your Benefit.
Carboxylic acid's main characteristic is its acidity. It is weak but important.
They occur widely in nature.
Carboxylic acids are used in the food industry, as food additives, flavorings, and antimicrobials.
They can also be used in pharmaceutical drugs and others.-
You can find more information about carboxylic acids, their benefits and side-effects, and the research behind them in Carboxylic Acids: How To Use Them For Your Benefit.
Water is present in almost all foods. Water is the most essential requirement for a functioning body.
Water is routinely used in food production for many things and not just as an ingredient.
You can find more information about water in food, its benefits and side-effects, and the research behind them in Water In Food: How To Use It For Your Benefit.