Can I just get my nutrients from a vitamin and mineral supplement?
While vitamin and mineral supplements may be recommended for some people, it is usually better to get your nutrients from whole foods.
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A macronutrient provides energy as well as being important for other functions in the body. The three macronutrients in your food are carbohydrates (sugars), proteins and fats.
A micronutrient is a substance that your body needs to function well, but cannot make. Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals and trace substances. It is usually best to get micronutrients through foods rather than take a supplement.
Dietary fibre is good for your digestive system and can also offer other health benefits such as helping to control your blood cholesterol and blood sugar (glucose) levels.
What you eat can have a large effect on your health. Poor diet and energy-rich foods (which can lead to overweight) can increase your risk of a range of serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and …
Carbohydrates are an important part of a balanced diet. While it is recommended to limit foods that are high in added sugars, carbohydrate-rich foods such as wholegrain breads, breakfast cereals, porridge and many others, can provide many …
Dietary fats are an important part of a balanced diet. While it is recommended to limit the amount of fats you consume, because they are high in energy, some fats such as polyunsaturated fats are essential because the body cannot make them.
Water is a healthy way to quench your thirst without adding energy. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help to reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and protect against some forms of cancer (kidney, bladder and prostate).
You need a small amount of salt in your food, but most people in Australia consume too much salt and this can lead to an increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.