Ask a Naturopath?

March is National Nutrition Month. Over the next few weeks we will be posting the top Nutrition Questions commonly asked, and provide you with the answers from a Naturopathic Doctor:

Q. How much protein/fat/carb/fiber/vitamin/mineral should I eat per day?There are recommendations for nutrient intake.  You can calculate how much protein you need for your weight, how much calcium you need for your age, and how much of each vitamin you need to consume each day.

But I don’t typically recommend that people obsess over counting anything because it causes undue stress and gets in the way of having a healthy relationship with food.  If you are eating a generally healthy diet, with whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and healthy proteins, you are probably good to go for all your nutrient needs.

Of course, there are instances where counting may be useful. An example would be an athlete building muscle who may need a higher than normal amount of protein.