Micronutrients Vs. Macronutrients – What They are and Why They Matter

People are always talking about micronutrients and macronutrients, but do you know the difference between the two? Yes, they sound similar to you but these two are actually different. And being a fitness nut, you must know the difference between the two. And today, we will tell you all about them.

You are what you eat, and you should make sure that the food you are eating is healthy and rich in both micronutrients and macronutrients.

But what exactly are they?


Since the meaning of the word “macro” is big, it is to be understood that you need a greater amount of macronutrients in your body. The primary macronutrients that are a must for everyone are fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. You need these macros to make sure that your body remains healthy and energized. Macronutrients are especially important for people who exercise strenuously or are looking to build muscles.

Your body needs macros, but healthy ones, not unhealthy. Don’t go eating a hamburger just yet because it contains macros.

You need to be careful on what you put in your body. Nuts, whole-grain bread, and fruits like banana are great macronutrients for people who follow a vegan diet. You can also get an extra boost of protein with the help of a play-based protein powder. And leafy green vegetables are rich in fiber.

The most common macronutrients are:


Micro means small, but it does not mean it is not as important as macros. You need a combination of micronutrients and macronutrients in your body to remain healthy and fit.

Micronutrients are one of the most important things for your wellness and overall health. Micronutrients help our body produce proteins, hormones, and enzymes. All these things are very important for your body as well as the brain function because it helps regulate your:

  • Metabolism
  • Heartbeat
  • Bone density

If you don’t have enough micronutrients in your body, you can have both physical and mental health problems.

The most common micronutrients are:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Trace elements
  • Phytochemicals
  • Antioxidants

The source of these micronutrients includes whole grains, cereals, dried fruits, carrots, leafy green vegetables, almonds, beans, oranges, and even salts.

Micronutrients make sure that your body functions run smoothly and also prevent you from getting several diseases.

Now if someone is confused about the two, you can explain to them the difference between micronutrients and macronutrients.

And make sure that you add plenty of micronutrients and macronutrients to your diet.

Written By: Elevate Nutrition Founders, Jillian Salomone and Paul Salomone 

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