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Macronutrients

Macronutrients are defined as chemical substances required in large amounts by the body for survival. The three macronutrients are protein, carbohydrates, and fats. If you’ve heard anyone talking about "macros," they’re referring to these critical nutrients. Some people also call alcohol a macronutrient, since it is processed differently from carbs, fats, and proteins. Of course, alcohol is not one of the three major classes of substances the body requires in large amounts – despite what some college students may think. But it’s the only other substance people consume in relatively […]

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Whether you’re looking to lose weight, curb your sugar intake, eat organic, non-GMO foods, or you’re simply health-conscious, food labels and Nutrition Facts are information resources that can help you make healthy, informed decisions about your diet. In July 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the governing body that provides nutritional analysis for the public, required food manufacturers to use an updated Nutrition Facts label for the first time since 1990. While the new labels will look similar, they include important changes that we’ll explain here. What Is […]

Following a healthy diet is one of the most effective measures you can take to support your health and well-being, and the carbohydrates you eat can make or break you. The right ones will provide slow, steady-release energy along with important nutrients; the wrong carbs, such as high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, and bleached flour, can set you back and actively work against your pursuit of health. Here, we’ll cover what you need to know to choose the best sources. (more…)

Since the 1960s, Americans have been obsessed with cutting all fat out of our diets. In that same time frame, rates of obesity and diabetes skyrocketed across all socioeconomic groups. How is it possible that reducing fat intake coincided with a 300% rise in obesity and a 700% increase in diabetes?[1, 2] It’s almost as if we’ve been completely wrong about fat and its role in nutrition this entire time. (more…)

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Bioavailability is the proportion of a nutrient the human body is able to absorb and use. You might think that when you eat an apple every iota of vitamin A, every antioxidant, and every mineral it contains is used by your body with total efficiency, but that’s not exactly the case.[1] (more…)

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