March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month

March 8, 2021 Access Health News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Ada, MN — March is National Nutrition Month and Kristy Rott with Norman-Mahnomen Public Health joined us on the KRJB Kaleidoscope Program recently to talk about the three sources of nutrients that make up our diet. Those three sources include protein, carbohydrates, and dietary fat. Rott says of those three nutrients, we should be the least concerned about protein.

Carbohydrates should take up about half of your diet as it provides your body with the energy it needs. However, Rott notes that not all carbs are created equal.

Dietary Fat, which should take up about roughly 25%-30% of our diet, is needed to supply and store energy to our body and absorb the fat-soluble vitamins. And as we know, a fat-heavy diet is going to cause you to put on weight, even if you are active. Rott says they are two main types of fats, unsaturated and saturated, and they effect your body differently.

In addition to healthy, well-balanced diet, Rott adds that our bodies need to stay hydrated as well. The human body needs 64oz of water per day to stay properly hydrated.