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Humans, unlike many other animals, are . We require both vegetable matter and meat to be fully healthy (although some humans manage to survive reasonably healthily whilst consuming no at all, finding their protein mainly in ). To carry out its many complicated functions, the human body requires . All of the nutrition we take in can be put in one of categories. These are; carbohydrates, proteins, fibre, minerals, vitamins, fats and .

Carbohydrates provide the body with .

allow the body to repair itself and grow.

Fibre the digestive system.

Minerals and vitamins are required for many reasons. Deficiencies in any vitamin or mineral can lead to . Vitamins are essential for normal growth and development.

Fats are unnecessary, and many are bad for you. The body does not need to take in most fats, but the fatty acids omega-3 and are necessary.

The body is around water. If water is not consumed, the body will . The body loses water in excretion, sweating and .

It is advised that you should have a balanced diet, taking in food from of the food groups, in proportion.

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