Most people know that vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fats are important for our overall health, but, again, they may not know the details about why. These substances are known as micro-nutrients because we need them in really small amounts, but those small amounts pack a mighty punch. They are so important that the World Health Organisation calls them “magic wands” because they give the body what it needs to grow, develop, and function properly.
Author: TC Callis
With a BSc in Nutritional Therapy, TC has worked for government in the area of food safety and standards regulation. While there she noted that UK government nutrition policy is not always as robustly up to date as it could be. TC then worked for the food industry, where she advised on the practical application of the food safety and standards regulations and lobbied government on a number of nutrition related issues. She is currently working on a book about nutrition for healthcare practitioners which is intended to address some of the imbalances in nutrition awareness among primary care practitioners.
When we hear the word ‘malnutrition’ most people visualise stick-thin children with protruding bellies. The idea of extreme overweight being malnutrition is too unfamiliar to feel real. But malnutrition simply means too little or too much intake of energy and nutrients. It is a scale with starvation at one end and obesity at the other.