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The Importance of Diet
In the interests of both health and longevity we should all be aiming to eat a balanced diet, i.e. a diet with all the major food groups in the correct proportions and quantities. People who do not have a balanced diet may be either undernourished or malnourished.
What are Nutrients?
A nutrient is a chemical that an organism needs to live and grow, or is used in an organism’s metabolism, and which must be taken in from its environment. The main food groups are:
Protein – body tissues, hormones and enzymes. Proteins are composed of amino acids.
Carbohydrate – energy supply and energy store (glycogen).
Lipids (fats and oils) – energy store and insulation.
Vitamins – co-enzymes and anti-oxidants
Minerals – bones, teeth and haemoglobin, etc.
roughage – indigestible material which helps prevent constipation, ease digestive transit, and reduce the risk of bowel cancer.
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