Getting the Essential Nutrients in Food
There are six essential nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals and water. People can get most of them from food, explains Angie Placeres, Registered Dietitian with Baptist Health South Florida.
The expert says people need carbs throughout the day, even when they’re sleeping, because the body is using carbohydrates for brain, breath and heart rate.
She also says there are different sources of carbohydrates such as grains which can be considered nutrient-density foods. Brown rice, quinoa and whole wheat breads are better choices, the expert explains.