Diet, drugs and healthPrint
There are seven different nutrients:
Some foods are particularly rich in certain nutrients. The table shows why we need each nutrient, and some good sources of each.
|Nutrient||Use in the body||Good sources|
|Carbohydrate||To provide energy||Cereals, bread, pasta, rice and potatoes|
|Protein||For growth and repair||Fish, meat, eggs, beans, pulses and dairy products|
|Fat||To provide energy. Also to store energy in the body and insulate it against the cold.||Butter, oil and nuts|
|Minerals||Needed in small amounts to maintain health||Salt, milk (for calcium) and liver (for iron)|
|Vitamins||Needed in small amounts to maintain health||Dairy foods, fruit, vegetables|
|Fibre||To provide roughage to help to keep the food moving through the gut||Vegetables, bran|
|Water||Needed for cells and body fluids||Fruit juice, milk, water|
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