It is easy to get lost in the in the world of nutrition when you’re first starting to be mindful of your food choices and track your diet. So we wanted to give a brief breakdown of macro vs micronutrients.
Macronutrients - nutrients that our bodies need in large amounts to create energy for physical and mental activity. There are 3 primary macros, - Protein, carbohydrates, and fat - but the lesser known macros are fiber, antioxidants, & water. --
What does it mean to count macros: To gain, lose, or maintain weight, many people will count their macros to make sure they are getting what they should in their body. They are counted in grams. 1/4 cup of almond has approx. 6g of protein, 6g of carbs, & 14g of fat, and you would add this up to ensure you hit, but do not exceed, your targets for each. It requires a bit of discipline at first to look at nutrition labels, but it’s worth it if you want to reach a specific goal. Your optimal macro ratio depends on your goal, sex, age, weight, lifestyle, activity, and your body type. We have a macronutrient calculator on our site: https://buff.ly/2IOyWSS
Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, trace elements, and antioxidants, and they are needed in small amounts. They are essential in the production of the enzymes, hormones, & proteins that are critical to body and brain function (metabolism, heartbeat, bone density, etc.). Some have small roles & others fulfill a broad range of functions. You should at least get the RDA of each essential nutrient every day, and you can find guidelines online. It is recommended that you get your daily doses from nutrient dense foods, but you can also use supplementation to avoid deficiencies if you have a restricted diet.
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