Proteins, fats, and sugars in a healthy diet
A healthy diet automatically provides us with the appropriate quantities of very high-quality sugars, fats, and proteins.
This is undoubtedly the coolest thing about a healthy diet (apart from the fact that it’s delicious!), you don’t have to worry about all of that nature has you covered!
By eating a diversity of healthy foods, mixing taste, color and textures, you will get everything you need.
This is because proteins, fats, and sugars are included in all healthy foods but in different quantities.
For example, legumes contain an average of 15 to 40 % of proteins. This means that you can have 1 to 3 times more proteins in the legumes category, depending on varieties.
Thus, it does not make sense to consider our diet based solely on the quantity of proteins, fats, and sugars contained in a foodstuff.
It can be good to know yes and even valuable for specific cases like athletes looking to optimize their performance, but overall for the majority of us, it is not relevant.
In addition to that, you should consider that sugars, fats, and proteins are the macronutrients that provide energy (ATP), ensuring the basic functioning of our body.
Meaning that there are essential for us to be alive, but they don’t represent the most precious part of the food.
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The most precious part comes actually with the micronutrients.
Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, and all the phytonutrients (enzymes, antioxidants, polyphenols, etc…)
Nonetheless, you will hear people mostly talking about their sugar, fat and proteins intakes and not micronutrients.
Adopting a healthy diet is an excellent occasion to put fats, sugars, and proteins into their proper context.
They are essential for our survival, but not an end in themselves, just a means to an end.
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