Nutrition 101

I'm sure you have all heard of the terms macronutrients and micronutrients.  Nutrients are broken down into two categories: macronutrients and micronutrients.  Macronutrients are what most of us consume, often missing out on essential micronutrients.  Macronutrients include carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.  Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals. 

              1. Macronutrients
              2. Micronutrients

I recently found an article from Runner's World, written by Liz Applegate, Ph.D., about diet pertaining to runners in particular, but good for any individual.  According to Dr. Applegate:  
Most are taking in lots of calories and nutrients--but it's in the form of energy bars, nutrient-enhanced drinks, and fortified packaged foods. The problem is, "real" foods--fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats--are better for you than fortified products.  

I have to admit, I am guilty of this.  It is all too convenient to just grab an energy bar and call it good.  But there is a lot to be said for eating whole foods!  Check out THIS article for more information. 


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