Feature: Food & Living

Micronutrients Lacking In Diets

Author: Jeffrey Strain
Published: May 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Every day people choose what to eat to provide their body nourishment, but more often than not, these choices aren't as nutritious as they should be. In fact, the foods that consumers choose the most are often listed among the worst in terms of nutrient density.

When nutrient dense foods are consumed, you're helping your body optimize its functioning. When foods that are lacking in nutrients are eaten, you're only providing your body with enough energy to maintain functioning.

Nutrients can be categorized into two categories: macronutrients and micronutrients. In order to enhance the ability your body has to fight off illness, as well as obesity and aging, it's important that both types of nutrients are consumed regularly and in appropriate amounts.

Macronutrients are the three major types of energy in food that account for most of the calories consumed which include protein, fat, and carbohydrates. The amount of these macronutrients can be found on the nutrition labels printed on all food packaging.

Micronutrients are better known as vitamins and minerals. They can also be found on nutrition labels, yet micronutient nutrition is rarely considered by consumers when they are deciding what foods to buy. It has been found that even those too young to make their own food choices are receiving insufficient amounts of these precious micronutrients. A Recent study has shown that store-bought baby foods are failing to supply infants with the vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy development. Results from the study went on to indicate that baby jarred foods provided only negligible amounts of four key vitamins and minerals.

Making wise food choices is not always easy. Price and convenience are two major factors that help you decide what to eat. Being aware that you do have options, and that eating healthy has substantial benefits, could be all that is needed to avoid eating empty calories, and start better nourishing your body.

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