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Nutrition Basics Part 4: Minerals

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Welcome back to my series on nutrition basics. So far, I've talked about carbohydrates, protein, fat, and vitamins. 



Finally, it's time to talk about Minerals. 

Nutrition Basics, Part 3: Vitamins

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When we're social distancing, it can be really hard to get an appointment with a Registered Dietitian or take a nutrition class. 

Everyone should have access to basic nutrition information to help them make informed decisions. 



In my Nutrition Basics blog series, I have already talked about the Macronutrients--carbohydrates, protein, and fat. I also singled out Omega-3s fats to discuss in more details. 

Today, I start to tackle the Micronutrients or nutrients we need in small amounts. You probably know them as Vitamins and Minerals. 

There is a lot to talk about, so I will focus on Vitamins for now...

Nutrition Basics 2: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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By now, I think most people have heard at least something about Omega-3s, which are a type of fat. But I'm going to delve a little deeper...

Omega-3s Basics Omega-3s are a type of unsaturated fat, the "good" fat.

You may have also heard of Omega-6s or Omega-9s. They are also unsaturated fats. 
If you want to get into science, Omega-3s have a double bond between two carbon atoms at the omega-3 position (which means that the third carbon from the end of the fat chain not attached to a glycerol backbone).
When talking about Omega-3s, you may have heard of specific fats, like alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), and Docosahexanoic Acid (DHA)
These are different molecules, but they are grouped together because they all have a double bond in the omega-3 position. However, they are not the same.

Nutrition Basics: Macronutrients

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Thanks to the global pandemic, many people are unable to attend outpatient nutrition classes and individual nutrition counseling.


Although I always recommend seeing a Registered Dietitian or other credentialed expert for your specific health needs, I believe in sharing nutrition basics to help people get a general understanding.

Today, I address "Macros..."


Sometimes health & fitness influencers talk about "Macros." What does this even mean?

Macronutrients, or "Macros" for short, are the 3 types of nutrients we need in large amounts. I'll get into Micronutrients, or those that we need in small amounts, in an upcoming post.

Macronutrients are the nutrients that provide Calories, which is a measure of energy we gain from food. The three macronutrients are carbohydrates (carbs), protein, and fatty acids (fats).

Sometimes alcohol is also grouped as a macronutrient, because it provides calories; however, it is not an essential nutrient and I typically do…

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