You’ve probably heard about macro and micronutrients, but do you know what they are and why they are important?
All nutrients can be divided into one (or both) of these two categories.
Macronutrients are nutrients that provide the body with energy (in the form of calories). These nutrients are needed in larger amounts and consist of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
Micronutrients are those that provide the body with additional health benefits but are needed in smaller amounts. These include vitamins and minerals.
At Farrell’s, we focus our nutrition on macronutrients, ensuring our members are consuming the right portions of proteins, carbs, and fat and selecting the healthiest choices to fuel their body. We teach members to focus on fresh, unprocessed food, which will include many micronutrients, adding additional health benefits.
Processed foods are usually stripped of their micronutrients – eliminating any additional health benefits and leaving empty calories.
To ensure a balanced diet full of both macro and micronutrients, consider these three tips:
- Choose quality over quantity. At Farrell’s, your protein portion should be no bigger than your palm and your carb portion no bigger than your fist. Avoid processed foods and choose fresh produce when possible.
- Plan meals that provide you both macro and micronutrients. For example, grilled chicken with brown rice and a salad would provide both.
- How you cook some foods can play a role as you can lose micronutrients through the cooking process. For example, overcooking carrots can cause them to lose Vitamin C. Check to see how best to cook your favorite vegetables and fruits to get the most nutrients!
Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meat and dairy that have not been processed can all contain both macro and micronutrients. Keep it simple and choose natural and fresh foods as often as possible.
Contact your local Farrell’s to learn more about our nutrition program!
Source: Mayo Clinic