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Essential Nutrients

Learn about micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals, as well as macronutrients including protein, carbohydrates and fat. Get information on when supplements may be warranted, plus see how much water you need to stay adequately hydrated.

healthy carbohydrate food sources


Found in a variety of foods, carbohydrates help fuel the body with energy it needs.
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healthy fat sources


There are several types of dietary fats, some of which are more healthful to eat than others.
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food sources of protein


An essential macronutrient, protein is responsible for building tissues in the body including muscle.
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vitamins drawing


Each of the 13 vitamins has a special role to play in our overall health.
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minerals drawing


Minerals, such as calcium and iron, are important to keep our bodies functioning properly.
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water pitcher and glasses


At least half of the human body is made up of water, making proper hydration a major priority.
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supplements in spoons


While vitamin and mineral needs ideally should be met through foods, some situations warrant the use of supplements.
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