Nutrition is in the news often. This term refers to the nutrients that you might be familiar with: protein, carbohydrate and fat. These are the big nutrients, and the ones that provide calories: 4 per gram for protein and carbohydrate and 9 for fat. Nutrients make up food, and most foods contain a combination of these nutrients. While there is currently a big, and perhaps overblown, emphasis on the role of protein, all macronutrients matter. Some of the food packages that they come in are better than others. The more whole, and less processed, foods provide the macronutrients along with micronutrients, which are vitamins and minerals and phytochemicals. All the nutrients work together in “real”food to provide optimal health. The importance of nutrition is more about the foods that you eat every day than delving only into the macronutrients or even micronutrients. Choosing a wide variety of food in its whole form, as it comes from Mother Nature matters. It is time to look at the bigger picture of how food plays into health since we don’t eat nutrients.

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