1. Eat Healthy
  2. Health and Wellness

How much​ of each macronutrient do you need daily?

Eliminating carbohydrates is a goal of many. It is certainly true that excess carbohydrates do contribute to long term problems such as obesity and diabetes as carbohydrates are converted to sugar in your body. However, your body does need carbohydrates.

I have a coworker who is consistently dieting. One morning I brought in a home-made smoothie and we chatted about it a bit. He stated about the high sugars in smoothies. I quickly corrected him, that the smoothie is home-made and I didn’t add any sugars, to which he added that the banana has sugar. That took me by surprise for a second. Sugar has a bad reputation, but we need sugar. What we do not need is large amounts of sugar, refined or not.

Fruits and vegetables are a healthy addition to any diet. If a person tries and eliminates all sugars from their diet, first of all this is next to impossible, second of all this is unhealthy. There are 1.5 grams of sugar in 1 lemon. The fruit which appears to have viurtually no sugar isnt sugar free.

Learn how to eat healthy with macronutrients

Rather than avoiding micronutrients for fear that they will increase your weight and worsen your health. I recommend the books below that will help you to eat healthy with carbs, proteins, and fats.

How much do you need

Your last diet probably consists of the lowering or increasing of any of these macronutrients, but do you know how much you need daily? The Institute of medicine has compiled the amounts needed for people of varying ages since a 3-year-old needs would differ from that of a 50-year-old person.

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  • RDA = Recommended Dietary Allowance
  • AI = Adequate Intake
  • UL = Tolerable Upper Intake Level
  • AMDR = Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range