Macronutrients

These are the types of food that our bodies need in large amounts, there are 3 types:

 

  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats

Carbohydrates

These include wholemeal or whole grain bread, oats, potatoes, muesli, rice and quinoa

✔️ They are your brain and muscles preferred source of energy
✔️ They help you to think properly
✔️ They help your muscles to work at full strength
✔️ They’re broken down slowly by your body which gives you longer lasting energy

Proteins

These include red meat, poultry, fish, milk & eggs

✔️ Great for growth, maintenance and repair of your body’s cells
✔️ Provides the building blocks for our muscles, hormones, enzymes and antibodies (self defence)
✔️ Helps us to feel full after meals and more satisfied than carbohydrates and fats
✔️ Can help reduce hunger and unhealthy snacking

Fats

These include vegetables, nuts, seeds and fish (good fats!)

✔️ Contributes to the structure of your cells
✔️ Promotes your growth and development
✔️ Allows your body to absorb essential vitams A, D, E and K
✔️ Having the right type in the right amounts is important