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Nutrients   

1     We carry out many tasks everyday; some things we do require physical energy, but others demand mental energy. For example, we exert lots of physical energy while attending a gym class, but we use more mental energy while completing a math quiz. How do we acquire adequate amounts of physical and mental energy to ensure our ability to do things such as running for a mile or concentrating on the lecture during a class? The answer lies in the food we eat.
 
2     Food is essential to our survival. Nevertheless, even if we eat everyday, we may not feel fit. Why is that? Well, the secret is not only to consume enough food, but also to maintain a balanced diet. In other words, as much as we dislike the taste of broccoli or other green vegetables, we must eat them to obtain necessary nutrients.
 
3     Nutrients can be divided into two groups -- nonessential and essential. The distinction between the two depends on whether we need to obtain them from food or not. For nonessential nutrients, such as cholesterol, we don't have to get them from food, because our bodies can produce them. For essential nutrients, such as fats, food is either the major or the only source for us to attain them. There are over 40 different types of essential nutrients, and scientists categorized them into six groups -- carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.

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