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The Six Essential Nutrients
Transcript of The Six Essential Nutrients
Nutrients to the Body Foods that Provide
Nutrients, Continued Nutrients that Provide
Energy Fats Carbohydrates Proteins Nutrients that Energize Believe it or not, fats are actually very important to bodily health. First off, fats provide calories, units of energy, and a place to store them. And fat carry acids the body cannot produce that are important for blood clotting and brain development. Fats also help move vitamins throughout the body. Protein is important for the growth and development of children as well as for building and repairing cells. They also provide amino acids which help to break down food during the digestion process. Carbs are the best source for the fuel the body needs to complete everyday functions and to have healthy organs. Fats, proteins, and carbohydrates all provide calories, and, if you recall from my last prezi, a calorie is actually a unit of energy. Technically, any and every food provides nutrients to the body. "Nutritious" is part of the definition of food. That means if it doesn't provide nourishment it isn't a food. Plain and simple. However, if you're asking for what foods provide
the most of each nutrient, here's a short list. Fats
are found in pretty much everything. For proteins, try meats, eggs, and nuts. Carbohydrates are more
concentrated in grains. The best source of water
is drinking lots of (surprise!) water. And there
are lots of vitamins and minerals in fruits,
vegetables, milk, and sunshine.
All six essential nutrients are very important to your bodily health. Be sure to get your daily dose! Water is the colorless, odorless, tasteless liquid that is the basis of all bodily fluids. That's not to say it never has a taste. It often contains other substances in it as well. Many people consider water to be the most important nutrient. It's important to almost every bodily function, and often carries minerals, which are also important nutrients. There are many different types of vitamins that do many different things. All of them from vitamin A, which keeps your teeth healthy, to vitamin E, which helps produce red blood cells, play an essential roll in the heath of the human body. Your body needs many kinds of minerals as well. Most of them are important for healthy teeth and bones, making sure water is spread around to the places that need it, and improving the function of the nervous and immune systems.