A Primer on Macronutrients

Quote: "The USDA’s food pyramid doesn’t even meet its own specifications of health." - Robb Wolff

Macronutrients are the building blocks of the food we consume.  These are made up of protein, carbohydrates, fats and water.  Think of these macronutrients being Spartan like, the bare minimum components of food required for you to function like an elite warrior.

Primer on Macronutrients

These components assist our body in providing energy, repairing and building muscle tissue, and absorbing vital minerals and nutrients required for the body to function.

The Protein Portion of Macronutrients

Protein is made up of a substance called amino acids.  The function of protein is to assist in building and repairing muscle tissue.  It is found in food sources such as game meats, grass fed beef, chicken, pork, seafood, eggs and protein powders.

The Carbohydrate Copmponent of Macronutrients

Carbohydrates are made up of sugars and starches and are used to provide the body with energy.  It can be found in sources such as grains, rice, pasta, oats, barley, wheat, fruit and vegetables and energy drinks.  As part of the Paleolithic way of eating there certain carbohydrates you want to eat and others you want to avoid.

The Fat Component of Macronutrients

Fats are made up of a substance called triglycerides.  It can come in solid form and liquid form and can be found in sources such as butter, cream, fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil, peanut oil and canola oil.  Again, like carbohydrates there are fats you want to eat and others you will need to avoid.

Minerals and nutrients play an important part in ensuring our bodies work properly.  They exist in the protein, carbohydrates and fats of the food we eat.  But due to soil depletion and processing, a lot of these minerals and nutrients are depleted from the food we eat.

To make up for these deficiencies we can source our food closer to its and natural source and/or consume nutritional supplements that also contain minerals and nutrients.

We will look at other articles in the near future that will take a more detailed look at the type of fats, proteins and carbohydrates to consume and which ones to avoid and the reasons why.

Minerals and Nutrients that make up Macronutrients

Minerals and nutrients play an important part in ensuring our bodies work properly.  They exist in the protein, carbohydrates and fats of the food we eat.  But due to soil depletion and processing, a lot of these minerals and nutrients are depleted from the food we eat.

To make up for these deficiencies we can source our food closer to its and natural source and/or consume nutritional supplements that also contain minerals and nutrients.

We will look at other articles in the near future that will take a more detailed look at the type of fats, proteins and carbohydrates to consume and which ones to avoid and the reasons why.

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