I have roped Nick back into the podcast and in this episode, we break down the building blocks of healthy nutrition. When we think about a healthy diet … we often think about the three macronutrients. These macronutrients, or macros, are the carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
Over the last couple of years, there has been a lot of conversation about what it means to eat well and what a healthy diet looks like. All of these diets start with these macronutrients. Learning what these are and how they work will help you figure out the healthy diet that is best for you! Let’s go into the three components
Carbohydrates are our main source of energy. Glucose, the basic unit of carbohydrates, is essentially sugar! But sugar can be broken down into simple and complex. Simple being the -oses… glucose, dextrose, maltose, fructose. These are the sugars that spike our blood sugar and can be bad for us when we overindulge. Complex sugars are the sugars like the whole grain pastas and quinoas. They don’t spike our insulin levels as much and are good for us!
Many diets make carbs to be the enemy but that isn’t necessarily the case.
If carbohydrates are the energy, protein is the repair and restore nutrient. In proper nutrition plans, protein is always emphasized. It is also the nutrient that is usually the lowest for people. Proteins are super important because they have roles in our immune system, recovery and how we get nutrients into and out of our blood stream.
It also keeps us fuller for longer!
Fats can be broken down into saturated and unsaturated fats. Classically, people thought that fats were bad for you and were something to avoid. But what we see now is that it isn’t necessarily the case. The poly-unsaturated fats are the good healthy fats that we want to have as an important part of our diet.
Check out the podcast … we go into WAY more detail about them all.
If you are looking to starting counting your macronutrients, check out Nick’s articles on the basics of macros.
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