Food is the fuel that feeds our bodies. Our bodies need these foods in order to work efficiently. Without enough of the right nutrients, our bodies will lose strength and vitality. Essential nutrients such as proteins, fats and carbohydrates are obtained through food. Also essential to our wellbeing are vitamins, minerals, fibre, trace elements, enzymes and so on.
Although protein is a main source of energy, carbohydrates and fats supply the body with energy. In order to keep the muscles active and the system up and running. Protein is essential to the growth and maintenance of the body and it’s many functions. On average, we need 25 to 30 grams of protein daily to sustain good health.
Animal sources of protein are meat and poultry products, milk and dairy products, eggs and fish. Vegetable sources of protein are soybeans, peanuts, almonds, buckwheat, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, potatoes, avocados, sprouted legumes (such as beans, peas and lentils).
These are all rich sources of protein. Plant proteins are more easily digested and assimilated into the body than animal proteins, and are also a rich source of complex carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates such as starches, sugars, vitamins and nutrients, minerals, fats and fibres, are necessary for the elimination of waste products, including toxins, from the body.
Good quality fats from vegetable sources are converted into fatty acids during digestion and are vital for making membranes and hormones. They are also essential for the proper functioning of the brain. Vegetable fats and oils are an easy form of food energy for the body to assimilate.