Nutrients Introduction – 6 Major Classes of Nutrients and their Functions

Learn about the six major classes of nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals & water) and their functions in our body. Understand the difference between essential and non-essential nutrients, energy-yielding and non-energy yielding nutrients, organic and inorganic nutrients, macro and micronutrients, building elements of nutrients, and calculate potential energy in food.

Nutrients are the substances available in food. Our body uses energy for every activity, either it is our physical movement, thinking about something or any internal metabolic process. Nutrients provide us this energy to perform all these tasks. Nutrients are essential for our growth & development, maintaining cells & tissues and support thousands of body processes that go on inside every day. In simple words, nutrients support our life. There are so many nutrients that can be categorized under 6 major classes of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals, and water.

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