Monday, 24 October 2011

The most essential nutrients required for human body!

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations celebrates the World Food Day on 16th October. And on this auspicious day, Shachi Sohal, H.O.D. Dietetics Deptt at Dr. B.L. Kapur Hospital, New Delhi told about the most essential nutrients of a healthy diet.

1. Carbohydrates
Around 60 percent of your daily calories should be in the form of carbohydrates as they provide energy to the body. They act wonders at the time of immediate energy need.

2. Protein
Human body requires proteins to build and maintain tissues and to form enzymes, some hormones and antibodies. They are also required also for the matrix of skin, nails, hair, blood cells, serum, bones. Around 20 percent of your daily calories should come from proteins.

3. Water
Sixty percent of our body is made up of water. That is why you should drink about 10 to 12 glasses of water in a day. Fruits and vegetables can also be good sources of water. It also forms the basic structure of all cells and organs.

4. Vitamins
Vitamins are highly required for a human body. Fat soluble Vitamins, like Vitamins A, D, E and K, are stored in fat tissue.
Water soluble Vitamins, like Vitamins B and C, are released from the body if not used. Besides this minerals and fats are also essential contents of nutrients.
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