Proper nutrition consists of many things.  Some people insist on counting calories while others believe in eating as much protein as possible.  Proper nutrition and health really deals with what we eat and how our bodies process the things we eat.  Eating too much of one thing or depriving it of others completely is not proper nutrition.  Our bodies need a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats to maintain proper nutrition.

Calories are converted into energy when we consume them and are therefore very important to our bodies.  Per gram, carbohydrates and protein provide 4 kcal and fat provides 9 kcal per gram.  Fat provides the body with more energy than either protein or carbohydrates making it necessary that we consume some type of fat.  When the body needs energy, it will release glucose that has been stored up.  Glucose is a simple carbohydrate that our bodies store up making carbohydrates also very necessary to our diets.  This stored glucose is called glycogen.  Glucose is often used to fuel most of our bodies cells as it is easily attainable from the body.  Our bodies cannot only use fats for energy so its vital that we are consuming enough carbohydrates so our cells have enough energy.  Protein also plays a different role in our body other than making glucose.  Having a diet with zero carbohydrate intake would be detrimental to our health.

Aside from glucose (carbohydrates), amino acids are extremely important to our diets.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  Protein is responsible for many of our bodily functions including growing, repairing and replacing tissue.  Proteins build our bodies structures.  If you are in taking more protein than you are outputting, protein will be retained in your tissues and new muscle will be added.  If however you are not consuming enough protein in your diet, your body will be degrading muscle and will not be building to its full capacity.

Carbohydrates, protein and fats work very closely together in our bodies to ensure proper functioning.  Fats and the glucose from carbohydrates combine together for energy so that protein is not broken down into energy.  This way, protein can focus on its job, which is to make more muscle.  Fat is very important to the body and is its main source of energy.  However, if not enough fats and not enough carbohydrates are consumed, the body will turn to protein, breaking it down to use its energy.  For proper nutrition, our bodies need a balance of fats, proteins and carbohydrates for proper nutrition.

 

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