Natural Sources Of Protein, Carbohydrates And Healthy Fats
Posted Feb 15 2009 12:00am
Food is any substance, usually comprised primarily of carbohydrates, fats, water and/or proteins, that can be eaten or drunk by animals (including humans) for nutrition and/or pleasure. Here are few natural Sources of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat.
Protein Egg whites: Egg whites is an excellent source of natural protein , it is usually called a perfect protein, it is also much cheaper than its alternatives – sometimes as low as 20 cents apiece. Over 90% of its calories are from protein, with trace amounts of carbohydrates and fats. This is a favorite among professional bodybuilders, some of whom routinely eat dozens of egg whites in one sitting
Protein Fish: Fish is living, swimming protein. Look at the nutrition facts to make sure it does not contain too many preservatives. Look out for fish with good amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, a crucial nutrient to healthy diets that few people get their daily requirement of.
Protein Chicken and turkey: Chicken and turkey are my personal favorites because they can be prepared and cooked in so many different ways. They have more fat content than egg whites, but they sure do make it up with taste. They can be cut up into small pieces and fry them up with vegetable oil, salt and pepper.
Carbohydrates Milk: Fat-free milk is approximately 2/3 carbs and 1/3 protein. Milk also contains vitamin D and calcium, key nutrients for bone growth. Try to drink it first thing in the morning. Since milk is a liquid, your body can absorb the nutrients from it more quickly than if it were a solid.
Carbohydrates Whole grains: Whole grain products are great for breakfast, and keep you full for a long time. They are crunchy, delicious, and have numerous heart-related benefits. But for every product that claims to be whole grain, check its ingredients and make sure that whole grains is the first item on the list. If it is not, it is not truly whole grain.
Carbohydrates Fruits: Fruits contain a lot of fast-acting sugars, which are good for when you need energy quickly. Nearly all fruits are great sources of carbohydrates, from apples, peaches, and watermelon to pineapple, cherries and grapes. When possible, eat whole fruits, rather than fruit juices. Most fruit juices contain from 10% to 0% real fruit juice. Surprisingly low, but also surprisingly common.
Carbohydrates Vegetables: Vegetables have high potassium, calcium and sometimes even protein (did you know broccoli is 40% protein?). They are great for people trying to lose weight, because they contain a lot of fiber.
Carbohydrates Baked potatoes: Potatoes get a lot of bad press and are often labeled as bad and unhealthy. But, potatoes will only be bad for you if you eat too many of them or you prepare them in non-healthy ways, like frying. Stay away from french fries and potato chips, but do not miss out on nutritious and delicious baked potatoes. Keep in mind that one medium potato is around 150 calories. Potatoes are a great source of fiber and vitamin C.
Fats Nuts and legumes: Some people avoid peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts and other members of the nut and legume family because they contain a lot of fat. But these foods contain healthy fats that are very different from the bad fats that people want to avoid. Nuts and legumes are great snacks, and are just as crunchy as potato chips, but much better for your heart.
Fats Oils: Oil is also commonly avoided because of its fat content. But not only do certain oils, like olive oil, contain 75% mono-unsaturated fat (the best kind of fat), but most oils contain good amounts of omega-6, a nutrient that the body needs but cannot make. Do not go overboard with oil, but do not limit yourself to no oil at all – you may be missing out on some health benefits.