Nutrition is the science of nutrients and how they are digested, absorbed, transported, metabolized and stored. It is the relationship between food and a healthy body.
Nutrients are the substances that our bodies need to grow and live. We require more than 45 different nutrients which are all used in different ways.
Carbohydrates, protein and fat are all macronutrients. Macronutrients are metabolized (broken down) in order to provide energy.
• Carbohydrates: The starches and sugars we eat serve as the body’s main source of readily available fuel. Eating lower glycemic carbohydrates is important for good insulin control.
• Protein: Dietary protein is used to repair tissue, build muscle, form immune and blood cells, and manufacture hormones. Proteins are made up of amino acids. While some amino acids are produced in our cells, the essential amino acids have to be provided by our diets.
• Fat: Dietary fat is a critical component of good health. It’s important to limit consumption of saturated fats and focus on unsaturated fats which help keep cell membranes flexible and regulate the amount of cholesterol circulating in our blood.
Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients. Micronutrients are not directly used for energy, but are necessary in small amounts in order for our bodies to function properly as they assist in a wide array of our body’s processes.
The foods we eat have a huge impact on our daily functions, level of fitness, and most importantly our health. That’s why at Eatology we leave our nutrition to the experts. Our meal plans are designed and tested by dieticians to ensure that we provide you with the best, most balanced nutrition for your well-being and goals.