The Fantastic Four
Let's look more closely at the nutrients that your body needs from food:
- Carbohydrates: These provide the body with most of the energy it needs. Eating whole-grain breads and cereals is a good way to make sure your body gets enough carbohydrates.
- Proteins: These are used for the growth and repair of cells, tissue (including muscles), and organs. Our bones and teeth also need protein, which is found in meats, fish, eggs, beans, and nuts.
- Fats: “Good” fats store energy for emergency use and can improve heart health. Sources include avocado, olive oil, nuts, and seeds.
- Fiber: This is the part of food that your body does not break down in digestion. Among other things, it lowers the risk of certain diseases. It is found in plant foods like cereals, breads, fruits, and vegetables.
List five or more foods that you ate yesterday and write down if they contain carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and/or fiber.