What are the definitions of the words Macro and Micro...
Micro - Means Small
- Derived from the Greek Mikro
- Opposite of Mega or Macro
Macro - Means Large
- Derived from the Greek Macros
- Opposite of Mini or Micro
You often hear me use the words Macro and Micro in terms of Macro and Micro Nutrients.
Macro's and Micro's are ways of differentiating between two types of nutrients which you need to nourish your body. All whole foods contain Macro and Micro Nutrients in differing amounts, so whether you eat Chicken or an Apple, you are getting both types of nutrients.
Macronutrients: Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats
Micronutrients: Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants and Phytochemicals
Macronutrients are the nutrients we need large quantities of, as they fuel our body providing energy.
Micronutrients are the nutrients we need small quantities of, but just as important as the Macro's as they help our bodies to function and are involved in every process from digestion to our immune systems.
Using our APP's and looking at the Nutrient information; Protein, Fat, Saturated Fat, Carbohydrates, Sugar, Fibre and Salt. We are actually without thought tracking our Macro's and Micro's, some of us look at it more closely than others, this is totally up to you and No One-Size-Fits-All Macro Profile exists.
Macro's & Microbiome (Gut)
The Zoe project is one of the most research studies to date of the Gut Microbiome and the Microbiome of your gut can influence what you eat.
Studies show different strains of Microbiota can impact the way we get energy out of food, it can also impact how hungry or full you feel after eating.
Studies also show bacteria in your gut can affect our taste preferences and induce cravings that help support gut bacteria to survive and thrive.
Lower Carb intake is one way to help reduce food cravings and Probiotic/Fermented foods have been shown to help resist microbial control.
I will develop this topic as new information from research is released.
Keep tracking your Macro's and Micro's, and keep them within the green where you can.