What are macronutrients?

What are macronutrients?

Macros has become a buzz word.  Let us break it down for you just a bit, we won’t get too complex with it, you know Jason loves the KISS mentality – Keep It Simple Stupid. 

Macronutrients are the nutritional components of a diet that are needed in large amounts to sustain growth and life. We consume macronutrients in the form of food or drink, which provide us with the bulk of energy and calories. The three macronutrients are proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. 

Carbohydrates are our main source of fuel and the easiest macro to breakdown to use for energy.  Every gram of carbohydrate has four calories.  Some forms of carbs we are familiar with are sugar, starch, and fiber. 

Protein also has four calories per gram and is primarily responsible for helping to build strong muscles and bones. Protein also helps keep our immune system boosted, allows us to recover from workouts and is responsible for tissue repair. Protein is vital for development in children, teens, and pregnant women.  

Fat is different than protein and carbohydrates, fat has nine calories per gram, provides long term energy, helps you absorb vitamins and is a cushion for your organs.  

Fat doesn’t make you fat and neither do carbohydrates. Too much of ANY macronutrient can lead to weight gain.  

Food is an important part of our lives, just remember what you eat can either be the world’s best medicine or the worst poison! 

If you’d rather watch a short video, then check out the one below.

  

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