What Are The 6 Nutrients?


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A Nutrient can be classified as a substance without which living things can not grow or live. The overall environment is the basic source of these nutrients. These Nutrients are basically present in the food and the intake of food ensures that these nutrients are absorbed by the organism.

The six essential Nutrients are:

- Carbohydrates: This is the most important nutrient for organisms. It provides the organisms with energy for life. The most common form of carbohydrates used by humans is bread, fruits, rice etc.

- Water: Water is the most essential nutrient. Human beings can not live without water. Water is found in various fruits as well as milk and juices. It works as a transportation agent by carrying all other nutrients to different body parts.

- Proteins: Help in developing muscles, bones, skin etc. Meat and dairy products are the main source of Proteins.

- Vitamins: Vitamins are found in every kind of diet. It helps in growing and staying healthy.

- Fats: Fats are instant source of energy. They are found in meat, cheese, butter etc.

- Minerals: Minerals help in overall working of the body. Their sources include water, milk, raisins etc.

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The 6 Basic Nutrients Groups
The 6 groups contain everything the body needs to survive and perform
its daily activities. When we maintain a proper balance of these
nutrients, we have everything we need for optimal health. While the
exact balance varies from person to person, we'll share the generally
accepted guidelines that can help us make the right choices. Here are
the 6 basic nutrients groups:

Basic Nutrients Groups For Energy:

These nutrients provide sugars to your system for quick energy. 40-50%
of our daily food energy intake (in calories) should be carbohydrates,
but not just any carbohydrates. Many processed foods (candy, ice cream,
soda, fruit juice, honey, etc.) have very high amounts of refined
carbohydrates that flood your body too quickly with energy. Over time,
this can cause very serious health problems. Make sure to get most of
your carbohydrates from unprocessed foods (whole grains, beans, peas,
brown rice, fresh fruits and vegetables).


These are sometimes called the building blocks of life because, in
addition to providing slow, sustained energy, proteins provide
necessary amino acids that help regulate body function and structure.
This is why some body-builders and athletes add protein supplements to
their diets. Go to our page, Proteins-Amino Acids to get more
information on specific proteins. 20-30% of our daily food energy
intake should be from proteins. While all meats and dairy foods are
high in proteins, the best protein foods are low in cholesterol and
saturated fats (ocean fish, salmon is best, tofu, beans, black-eyed


Fats may be the least understood of the nutrient groups. We can't live
without them but we think they harm us. Actually, only certain fats
(cholesterol, saturated fats) are harmful when eaten in excess. This is
why we should limit our beef, pork, lamb, veal, butter, coconut and
dairy products. Monounsaturated fats (from nuts, seeds, olives) and
Polyunsaturated fats (from sunflower, corn, fish and shellfish) are
fats that are good for us. Omega 3 fats (cold water ocean fish, salmon)
actually have been shown to reduce cholesterol. Our fat intake should
be about 20-30% of our diet.

Basic Nutrients Groups For Metabolism:

These nutrients have been proven over time to be necessary for health
and fitness, but are in short supply in most modern diets. It only
takes a tiny amount of these nutrients, but, if missing from the diet,
they can cause giant health problems with names like scurvy, night
blindness, anemia, etc. Many vitamin supplements are available at
varying strengths and qualities. Be careful, because too much of some
vitamins can be as harmful as too little. You can get recommended
amounts, natural sources and benefits of specific vitamins from our
page, Vitamin Benefits List.

Like Vitamins, it only takes a tiny amount of each mineral to avoid
serious health problems (like anemia, bone disease, depression, etc),
but with more processed and prepared foods in our diets, less minerals
are available. Also, like vitamins, too much of a specific mineral can
cause serious health problems. See our page Nutritional Supplements for
guidelines on how to choose mineral supplements. Also see Minerals Good
For The Body for our recommended amounts, natural sources and benefits
of specific minerals.

Yes, water is a nutrient...the forgotten nutrient. Many people chase
after the latest, most exotic nutrient when all they really need is to
drink enough pure water. Nothing else works like water to clean your
system, control your weight, digestion, energy, alertness. Nothing on
this page can work if you're not getting enough pure water. For most
adults, 1/2 to 3/4 gallon of water daily is right...don't go much over
that. Like all other nutrients, too much water can cause serious health
problems. See our page Drinking Water-Advantages for information on
water advantages, disadvantages, purity, etc.
Anonymous Profile
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Carbohydrates, protein, fats,\ water, minerals, vitamins

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