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The Components of Food

As the saying goes, “you are what you eat.”  But most meals – and even individual foods – are themselves composed of numerous complex building blocks that not only give us the fuel (calories) to perform activities throughout our days but also equip us with the appropriate macronutrients and micronutrients to continue functioning like a well-oiled machine.  Although the body needs the “large blocks” (like fats, protein, and carbohydrates) as well as the “small blocks” (like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other micronutrients) for optimal health, healthy eating is a delicate balancing act.  Eating too much or too little of a certain type of food or nutrient can do damage to the body, tip the scales towards deficiency or toxicity, and lead to weight loss or gain and numerous associated health problems. Discover more about how each component of food affects the body by reading the articles below.

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