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Macronutrients explained: What's a macro?

Updated: Jun 27, 2021

Macronutrients are energy yielding nutrients usually consumed in larger quantities in the the diet (>10g per day) to fuel our energy systems for growth and bodily functions.

The are:

  • Protein

  • Carbohydrate

  • and Fat

We don't consume isolated macronutrients, we consume foods. Foods are made up of macros, but some contain more of one or two than others.

Lists of food macros:

This graphic illustrates which foods contain the most of one or two macros, with perhaps only a negligible amount of the remaining macro. It should be noted that there are some foods which contain a similar amount of all three macros, such as dairy products like milk.

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