The ‘What’s what’ section provides background information on nutrients. Simply click on one of the items below to display more information about the nutrient of your choice.
Your body needs energy, but what is energy? There are nutrients that provide energy, and those that dont. Read on the what is energy page to find out which nutrients provide energy.
Water is a precious commodity, without water no life is possible. Water is a clear, colorless and odorless liquid and its chemical name is dihydrogen oxide. But what is water actually?
Proteins are essential components for good food and are also important nutrients. Proteins are absolutely necessary for the construction of cell structures and are the building blocks for our body.
Fats are important energy carriers and energy stores. In addition to storing energy, fat also serves as an insulating layer and ensures that we get certain vitamins.
High cholesterol can cause cardiovascular disease. But why does our body produce cholesterol and what is the function of cholesterol in our body?
Carbohydrates, together with fats, are an important energy carrier. Carbohydrates in the form of glucose directly provide energy to our body to function properly. How does this process work?
Dietary fiber provides minimal energy (8 kJoule per gram) and we can divide dietary fiber into 2 types. Find out more information about dietary fiber in nutrition and digestion.
Vitamins are organic compounds for normal functioning and play a key function in our body. Further explanation about the chemical structure of vitamins and minerals in our food and their preparation.
The body needs minerals for bodily functions and minerals are building materials for the skeleton, cells and tissue.
Alcohol, like carbohydrates, provides energy and is produced in nature through the anaerobic fermentation of glucose.
A good feeling or a healthy choice? Conducted among real people and what exactly do the numbers mean?