PART
2

The Basics of Nutrition

The human body is amazing in its ability to absorb and digest nutrients from the foods you eat. In this part, we cover the fundamentals of digestion and explain how your body uses nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, along with vitamins and minerals to support good health. We’ll teach you how much of each nutrient you need and show you where to obtain it. We’ll also look at what happens when the digestive process goes awry and leads to disease. You’ll learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms and what you can do about it.

In addition, we’ll also explain the differences between simple and complex carbs and look at the role of fiber in your diet. We’ll also review the differences between plant-based and animal-based proteins, and how they affect your health. Finally, we’ll look at the role of fats—the good ones and the ones to avoid, and discuss what you need to know in terms of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.

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