Yesterday we discussed the importance of good nutrition as well as some basic information on macronutrients. Today we will take a closer look at each macronutrient and discuss some healthy sources of each.
We will start with carbohydrates, this specific nutrient often gives individuals the most trouble because of conflicting information heard on t.v. or read on the web. What’s most important to consider is the type of carbohydrate you are consuming. Some great healthy options to include in your diet could be, sweet potatoes whole grain breads, brown rice, and quinoa.
Your protein sources are just as important as your carbohydrate sources. Plant based protein sources like beans and nuts contain unsaturated fats and fibers, which help lower your LDL (bad) Cholesterol. Animal based protein sources, which are usually higher in saturated fat, are far less healthy when compared to unsaturated fats. Some great plant based sources of protein are black beans, garbanzos, pintos, split peas, walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, and many others. Some animal based sources are your lean proteins like chicken, pork, turkey, and eggs.
When it comes to fats what matters most is the type of fat you are consuming. Your “good” fats are considered unsaturated (i.e. monounsaturated and polyunsaturated). Foods high in good fats include vegetable oils (such as olive, canola, sunflower, soy, and corn), nuts, seeds, and fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna). Fats you want to limit in your diet are trans and saturated fats. Foods containing trans fats are primarily in processed foods made with trans fat from partially hydrogenated oil. Saturated fats come from sources like, red meat, butter, cheese, and ice cream.
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