5 Nutrients Cannot Be Neglected

1. Carbohydrates: primary energy source


"Carbohydrates are the body's primary energy source and the brain's only source of fuel", according to a registered dietitian in Ohio. The smallest amount of carb an adult consumes each day should be 130 grams from dietary allowance established by the Institute of Medicine. However, that quantity only keeps you alive and is far less than the need of an adult for regular daily activity. The typical intake, according to Institute of Medicine, is to get 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories from energy-providing carbohydrate. A healthy meal is made of right proportion of carbs, fats and protein and an overconsumption of these will cause obesity and other health problems.

The best sources of carbohydrate food include whole grains and foods made from those grains like whole-wheat bread, bulgur, barley, oatmeal, brown rice, and cornmeal.

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