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What Are The Three Major Food Groups?

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Kath Senior Profile
Kath Senior answered
The three major food groups are carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Not all of the three food groups are found in all foods and different people have different opinions about what proportion of each makes for a healthy diet.

Carbohydrates can be simple or complex. Examples of simple carbohydrates include sugars such as sucrose and glucose. These are relatively small molecules that are absorbed very easily from the digestive system. Complex carbohydrates include starches and longer chain molecules and are found in foods such as pasta and potatoes. Complex carbohydrates are absorbed more slowly, and give a slower release of sugar into the blood. Carbohydrates provide about 4.5 calories per gram.

Fats tend to be large molecules and there are different types, some better for you than others. Saturated fats are found in fatty meats, butters and cheeses and are best eaten very sparingly. Plant foods such as nuts, seeds and avocados are high in unsaturated fats and these are thought of as being generally more healthy. Fats provide about 9 calories per gram.

Proteins are important for growth and repair of body tissues and supply the body with amino acids. These need to be digested but also broken apart in the liver before they can be used. Proteins are found in meat, fish, pulses nuts and dairy products. Proteins supply 4.5 calories per gram.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Carbohydrates, protein, and fats
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Grow, go and glow
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Carbohydrates
Protein
Fat
Jillian Peppe Profile
Jillian Peppe answered
There are actually 6 groups on the food guide pyramid:
1. Grains
2. Vegetables
3. Fruits
4. Fats
5. Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Legumes, Nuts, & Seeds
6. Calcium rich foods (dairy)

The first 3 food groups provide most of our carbohydrates(energy) in the form of sugars, starches and fiber, as well as most of our vitamins and minerals--ESPECIALLY if you eat fresh fruits and veggies.  And Protein is not a carbohydrate! It is simply a protein.

The second 3 food groups provide most of our fats (some of which are actually necessary to good health).  The Meat and dairy groups provide most of our protein and the dairy group provides most of our calcium.
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Anonymous answered
The tree basic food groups are energy-giving food,body building foods and regulating foods
Pete (the Idiot) Profile
Not sure... I can think of 6

  • Bread, Cereal, Rice and Pasta Group

  • Fruit Group

  • Vegetable Group

  • Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs and Nuts Group

  • Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese Group

  • Fats, Oils and Sweets Group
I guess you can group them like this

  • Bread, Cereal, Rice and Pasta Group

  • Fruit Group, Vegetable Group

    Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese Group

  • Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs and Nuts Group

    Fats, Oils and Sweets Group


michael finnegan Profile
Baby-back ribs, crab legs, and Cincinnati chili... But I would have to include ice cream as a necessary 4th group...
Everything else is consequential!
avenrose baltazar Profile
The Three Basic Food Groups

Fats

The three basic food groups are fats, carbohydrates and proteins, Fats
are important

in the body because the sebaceous glands of the skin produce certain
materials

which help to lubricate the skin. The body also uses fat to help retain
the heat it

generates by depositing a layer of fat just under the skin over the
greater part of the

body. This layer of fat is generally thicker on females than on males of
equal weight

and becomes thicker as a person becomes overweight.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates include all the various types of sugars, starches, gums,
pectins and

cellulose. The most important carbohydrate is glucose. It provides most
of the body’s

energy. Glucose is stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen, which
may be though

as animal starch. Whenever the muscles are used. The glycogen, stored in
them is

broken down to provide the energy needed for muscular work.

People on a diet must watch both the amount of fact and carbohydrates
they

consume.

Proteins

Proteins have been used in cosmetics since ancient times. Collagen
)protein forming

the chief constituent of connective tissue and bone) is one of the major
sources of

protein used in cosmetics. Proteins are the essential staff of life. No
living thing

exists without protein materials in its structure. The proteins are
composed of

various combinations of amino acids, which are the chief components of
protein.

Some of these amino acids are capable of being produced by the body from
simpler

materials, but others seem to be beyond the body’s ability to
manufacture. These are

referred to as essential amino acids, which must be acquired from food.

It is not possible to do without them and live on the non essential
amino acids,

because the various proteins of the body require quantities of the
essential ones.

Without them in the diet, the body would not be able to manufacture
these proteins.

Since the proteins are a part of our living processes, they body would
not be able to

exist without a supply of essential amino acids. When one of the
essential ones is

missing from the diet, specific deficiency symptoms develop.

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Arafat Hossain Profile
Arafat Hossain answered

The food groups are divided based on the nutritional properties they offer. Foods that animals eat can be classified based on the amount of nutrients and the type of nutrients they provide for subsistence and survival. It is highly recommended to eat portions of food from the different groups in order to live a healthy lifestyle. This will provide you with a complete set of nutrients for better health.

There are seven major classes of nutrients and they are

carbohydrates

fibre

fats

protein

minerals

vitamins

water


Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The 3 basic food groups is go(for energy) grow(for protein) and glow(for vitamins and minerals)
GiGi EatsCelebs Profile
GiGi EatsCelebs answered
Macro nutrients: Fats, Carbohydrates & Protein. (Major Food Groups)
Micro nutrients: Vitamins & Minerals. (Minor Food Groups)
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The three include
1. Energy yielding like cereals, millets, roots and tubers, sugar and jaggery, fats and oils
2.Body building like Milk, dhals, nuts and oil seeds, egg, meat, fish, other non - vegetarian foods
3.Regulatory like vegetables - Green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, variety of fruits

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