Posts Tagged ‘IOM’

Nutrients: Micro- and Macro-

Because I am a visual person, when I first started my nutrition course I had to make a chart of food, and what exactly food means and how it’s categorized. Here it is, and below it I have further explanations for each item (click picture to view larger).

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How much of each nutrient do I need each day?

Messages from the media confuse us. We are told to make sure we’re getting enough protein. Then they tell us to focus on Omega-3 and Omega-6. Then we hear warnings about fiber deficiency. And on and on. Well, you should know for yourself what you need, and you find that out by following the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). They are broken down into age groups because not every age group or gender has the same consumption needs. It lists macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fiber) and micronutrients (vitamins & minerals). For example, my recommended carb intake for the age group of 31-50 years old is 130 grams per day. Continue reading