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What are nutrients?

The nutrients found in all foods and drinks provide nourishment for the body. This nourishment is in the form of:

  • Substances which provide energy
  • Building blocks for bone, muscle, organs, hormones and blood
  • Substances needed for processes to occur in the body, like digestion
  • Substances that protect the body

Nutrients are drawn from a wide variety of foods and the more varied your diet, the more likely you are to obtain all the nutrients you need.

Protein made up of amino acids
Fat saturated, polyunsaturated (Omega 3 and 6) and monounsaturated
Carbohydrate includes starches and sugars
Vitamins and minerals play many crucial roles in the body's function and wellbeing, but do not provide energy (kilojoules).

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