Protein is important in the body. Every single cell of your body contains protein so, I’d say it is a very, very important macronutrient. Protein is a team player and exists just about everywhere in the body. To start off, it is a component of each and every cell, it acts as the building blocks for bones, cartilage, muscles and contributes to hormones and other chemicals made in the body.
What is a Healthy Fat and How Do I Add It to My Diet?
When we look at types of fats, there are two major groups; saturated and unsaturated. Within each of these categories there are several different kinds. Most of the good guys fall under the unsaturated category. Both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids have numerous health benefits. For example, omega-3 fatty acids are part of the polyunsaturated family and have the same heart healthy and cholesterol lowering benefits of their fellow unsaturated fatty acids.
Counting macros can help to get a fuller picture of the nutritional value of the food you eat. Since macronutrients main purpose is to provide the body with energy in the form of calories, let me start off with a definition of calories. As the Webster dictionary defines the word, it is a measure of heat energy. This may seem basic but my point is calories are not the villain they sometimes get labelled as. Moving forward, when we talk about calories think energy!