PLANT AND ANIMAL FOODS PROVIDE NUTRIENTS FOR PEOPLE

PLANT AND ANIMAL FOODS PROVIDE NUTRIENTS FOR PEOPLE

Even if you live in the middle of a city and are surrounded by concrete and buildings, you’re connected to the earth.

Above your head the moon rises and the sky sizzles with stars, whether you can see them or not.

Below your feet the ground brings forth life in the form of plantsplants that enrich the air you breathe, plants with beautiful, delicate flowers, plants that can fascinate and shade and feed you.

Plants provide food and shelter for animalsanimals that gallop or stroll across the land and moo or oink, quack and flap their wings and lay eggs, flip from streams, glide in the sky, ride the tide, cling to the rocks onshore.

You are a 100 percent natural, organic, living being on a planet that can nurture and comfort and energize youand astound you. Food, physical activity, water, sunshine, and sleep can be balanced to support your healthy growth; peak physical, intellectual, and emotional performance; and a true sense of well-being.

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Nutrients are substances we absolutely, positively must have for energy, growth, and metabolism.

Don’t let the word metabolism confuse you. Metabolism is a set of chemical reactions organized in the body that allow you to grow, breathe, have your heart beat, digest food, maintain your body’s temperature, and do other things that happen inside you.

ENERGY

Your body always, in all ways, uses energy-even when you sleep. In addition to growth and metabolism, it takes energy for your muscles to contract, which is how you move.

SO WHERE DO YOU GET IT?

Only certain nutrients in plant and animal foods have the potential to provide energy: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

NUTRIENT COMBOS

In food, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats appear by themselves or in combination with one another.

An example?

Nuts.

Nuts have all three working for you, along with a laundry list of vitamins and minerals that help your body do its thing.

Vitamins and minerals are also nutrients, but they don’t provide energy. Instead, they help your body do things that it can’t do without themlike form red blood cells and fight infections.

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