• macronutrients: Carbs, fats, proteins
    Health,  Nutrition

    Carbs, fats, and protein: The Macronutrients

    There are macronutrients and micronutrients that are generally considered to have beneficial effects for one’s health. The macronutrients are carbohydrates, proteins (amino acids), and lipids. Macronutrients are nutrients that provide energy and needed in larger quantities than micronutrients. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are a class of nutrient that provides energy for high intensity exercise, fuel for optimal neurological function, as a primer for fat utilization, and sparing protein (McArdle, Katch, & Katch, 2012). Types of carbohydrates include monosaccharides, disaccharides and oligosaccharides, and polysaccharides. These are organized by their chemical complexity in regards to number of glucose units chemically bonded together (Wardlaw & Kessel, 2002). The latter is considered part of a class…