The carbohydrates, fats and proteins in the foods we eat provide our bodies with energy to fuel our physical activity and digestion, as well as powering our energy-hungry brains.
While our bodies can derive energy from all three of these food components, consuming each in the proper proportion will help you achieve balanced nutrition, maintain energy levels throughout the day, and contribute to longer-lasting satiety.
Below are the categories for each food group:
Vegetables and Fruits
Half of each major meal you consume should be vegetables or fruits. Because fresh fruits and vegetables are high in both water and fiber, and low in fat, these foods are typically low in overall calories. Thus, meals that are composed primarily of vegetables and/or fruits can help you control your total calorie intake.