A balanced diet is essential to health
Various minerals in the Earth’s crust are required for a healthy balanced diet. These inorganic compounds have various roles or functions in the human body as well as in many other species (see a summary of essential minerals needed by plants). A summary of the main minerals involved in a balanced diet is outlined below:
As mentioned in the Cell Biology tutorial regarding the variety of proteins used in our body, it is essential that our diet contains proteins to achieve a healthy balanced diet. They are the building blocks of enzymes, hormones, and antibodies — all of which are essential in many biological processes.
Proteins consist of amino acids. Some of these amino acids are deemed essential as they cannot be synthesized from other materials and thus must be part of the diet.
Protein is abundant in dairy products, soybeans, meat, and cereal; which are all constituents of a healthy balanced diet.
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