Essay on Micronutrients, Vitamins, And Minerals

801 Words Nov 16th, 2014 4 Pages
Macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals are essential to our every day lives. Our body is like a car that is dependent on fuel or gasoline. Our body is dependent on macronutrient and micronutrients, which fuel a person’s body. Vitamins and minerals are in the category of micronutrients (Hathcock, 1997). Everyday our body runs out of fuel and so we need to eat more macro- and micro-nutrients. Also, eating too many nutrients can be hurtful to your body. Like a car, too much gasoline can ruin the engine and kill the car. Overdosing on nutrients can lead to serious problems like scurvy, kidney stones, and sometimes even death (Hathcock, 1997). Macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals are essential parts of living. Macronutrients are classified as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and water (McGuire & Beerman, 2013). There are many types of carbohydrates, but the most important one is glucose, which will is blood sugar (McGuire & Beerman, 2013). Glucose is used for energy and other carbohydrates are used to make up a person’s genetic material (better known as DNA), or they are used maintain the health of a person’s digestive tract (McGuire & Beerman, 2013). If one alters the level of one type of macronutrient, this will affect the proportion of the other macronutrients a person eats (Wheeler et al., 2012). Due to this, dietary fiber will help decrease the risk of certain conditions like type 2 diabetes, and heart disease (McGuire & Beerman, 2013). Another macronutrient is protein.…

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