Nutrients support life and healthy bodies in several ways, but knowing where to find them is not always a simple task. Here is some information to help you discover some of the various nutrients and their amazing benefits.
Proteins form the foundation of all our cells. They assist in the rebuilding of our muscles, skin, nails and hair, as well as promote healing. Proteins are easy to include in your daily diet as they can be found in such foods as meat and its substitutes (e.g., poultry, legumes, nuts, eggs, tofu, fish) and dairy products and their substitutes (e.g., cheese, yogurt, soy beverages).
Lipids are fats. Their tasks include building cells in the nervous system and absorbing certain vitamins. They come in three forms: saturated, trans or unsaturated. The latter are the good kind and can be either monounsaturated (e.g., canola or olive oil, nuts) or polyunsaturated (e.g., fish and chia seeds). Omega-3 polyunsaturated fat in particular is good for the cardiovascular system.
Fibres are a type of carbohydrate that our body cannot absorb. They keep us feeling full and promote healthy hearts by lowering blood cholesterol. Fibres are only found in plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, seeds and whole-grain cereal products.
Carbohydrates include the entire range of sugars found in foods. They come in two forms: simple, which is absorbed more quickly (e.g., fruits, yogurt, milk, white sugar, honey), or complex, which is absorbed more slowly (e.g., vegetables, legumes, whole-grain cereal products). They are a crucial energy source. In fact, our brain alone needs an equivalent of six apples in carbohydrates a day in order to function properly!