Types of Nutrient
Macronutrients is defined in several different ways.
- The chemical elements humans consume in the largest quantities are carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulphur, or CHNOPS.
- The classes of chemical compounds humans consume in the largest quantities and which provide bulk energy are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Water and atmospheric oxygen also must be consumed in large quantities, but are not always considered "food" or "nutrients".
- Calcium, salt (sodium and chloride), magnesium, and potassium (along with phosphorus and sulfur) are sometimes added to the list of macronutrients because they are required in large quantities compared to other vitamins and minerals. They are sometimes referred to as the macrominerals.
- Macronutrients have garnished much popularity lately in certain pseudo-intellectual brocircles with the introduction of the notion that eating any food sources which fulfils ones macronutrient ratio for the day is as effective (if not more) than the standard bodybuilders diet (see: chicken and rice). This macro-movement, known to many as IIFYM has been popularized by internet sensations such as Ian McCarthy, The Hodgetwins and Jeff Nippard.
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