Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkEthnic Cuisine · 1 month ago

Explain the difference between micronutrients and macronutrients. What role do micronutrients play in maintaining and optim?

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  • 1 month ago

    Macronutrients:- protein, carbs and fat

    Micronutrients: vitamins, minerals [eg calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphates,  sodium, iron, amongst others]

    Macronutrients are required for body building, renewal and energy [measured in calories or joules]

    Micronutrients are required to ensure proper functioning of the body and the absorbation of macronutrients. They are only required in small amounts which may vary between milligrams to grams a day depending on the micronutrient. Some, whilst essential in these minuscule quantities, become toxic in larger amounts [examples vitamin A, iron and sodium]

    Besides macro- and micronutrients, the body also requires water and dietary fibre.

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