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Necessary Macronutrients: Why Protein And Fats Are Necessary, But Not Carbohydrates

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  Published on October 4th, 2020
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  Last modified August 13th, 2021

Which macronutrients are absolutely necessary not only to thrive but to survive? What are the possible health complications if you don’t get your essential macronutrients?What are Macronutrients?Macronutrients or macros refer to the three macronutrients of the human diet: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. All foods don’t necessarily contain all macronutrients. For example, a chicken breast doesn’t contain any carbohydrates, but it does have protein and fat. All calories and nutrients aren’t created equal. If your macros are 35% protein, 60% fat, and 5% carbs, the objective is to consume this percentage of macronutrients in one day, not in one meal.Humans only need two macronutrients to survive: fat and protein. Your body can’t make this essential fatty or amino acids, so you have to get them from your diet. It’s important to note that there is no necessary or essential carbohydrate, but there are essential proteins and fatty acids [1].Necessary MacronutrientsHumans can safely survive on little to no carbohydrates; however, many people choose to include varying degrees of nutrient-dense, fiber-rich carbs in their diet for health benefits. Modern agricultural processing allows for sugar-rich, refined […]…

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