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Food Groups Lesson Plans

Essential Nutrients and the 5 Food Groups

By Oliver Smith

A healthy diet is essential to a long and happy life, but what makes a diet healthy? The activities in this lesson will help students recognize the importance of a varied diet and why they can't just have cake for every meal!

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Essential Nutrients for the Body- food science

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  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • The body uses water for cells and body fluids.
  • The body uses carbohydrates to provide energy.
  • The body uses protein for repair and growth.
  • FATS
  • The body needs small amounts of minerals to keep us healthy. Calcium is important for bone growth. Iron is essential in the production of red blood cells.
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • The body uses fats for energy, but can also store them to insulate us and keep us warm.
  • Not actually used by the body. It provides roughage to aid digestion and keep food moving through the digestive system.
  • The body needs small amounts of vitamins to keep us healthy. Vitamin A is essential for good eyesight. Vitamin C helps us repair and regenerate tissue.
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D

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