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Ch 9: Basic Principles of Nutrition

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn the basic principles of nutrition. Use this chapter to learn how to plan a healthy diet, read food labels properly, make healthy choices, and more.

Basic Principles of Nutrition - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors provide you with an overview of the most important concepts and principles in nutrition. You will learn what nutrition is, and the critical energy-yielding nutrients that make up our diet. As you progress through this chapter, you can study the importance of weight management and healthy habits and behaviors. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define what is meant by nutrition
  • Discuss how to assess your nutrition, diet and health
  • Identify how to locate reliable nutrition information
  • Understand the importance of weight management
  • Make wise decisions about diet, exercise, and habits

All these topics are taught through the use of brief but engaging video lessons taught by subject matter experts in their field. You'll also find self-assessment quizzes and lesson transcripts to accompany each video. Key terms are highlighted and linked to text lessons, and video tags make it possible to refer back to portions of the video without having to re-watch the entire thing.

7 Lessons in Chapter 9: Basic Principles of Nutrition
What is Nutrition?

1. What is Nutrition?

Nutrition is the process of taking in nutrients from the foods you eat. Learn about the six nutrients needed for energy, maintenance of tissues and regulation of bodily processes: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, water, vitamins and minerals.

Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups

2. Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups

The USDA and Health and Human Services developed dietary guidelines for Americans that outline diet and lifestyle recommendations. Learn how these guidelines, along with the USDA food guides, can be used to help you develop a healthy eating plan in this video lesson.

Determining Your Nutritional Needs

3. Determining Your Nutritional Needs

This lesson will teach you about important terms involved in determining your nutritional needs, as well as about a tool that can help you use the latest nutritional science to figure these things out.

The Issue of Weight Management: Obesity, Risks & Weight Problems

4. The Issue of Weight Management: Obesity, Risks & Weight Problems

Being overweight or obese are two conditions that have similarities in the problems they may cause, but they aren't precisely the same. This lesson will point out the differences and the unfortunate similarities between the two.

How Diet and Exercise Affect Health and Chronic Conditions

5. How Diet and Exercise Affect Health and Chronic Conditions

Here we will discuss how the elements of diet and exercise can reduce the risk or the severity of a chronic condition or disease. We look specifically at diet and how it can be great, good, okay or terrible. Exercise can be excessive, incorrect, correct or absent.

How to Read Food Labels: Understanding Claims & Components

6. How to Read Food Labels: Understanding Claims & Components

The nutritional facts label provides information about the nutrient content of a food item. Learn about the components found on the label, as well as additional nutrient content claims and health claims that food manufacturers can add to packaging in this lesson.

Making Healthy Nutritional Choices: Habits, Behaviors & Resources

7. Making Healthy Nutritional Choices: Habits, Behaviors & Resources

This lesson will help you see how easy it is to track what you eat and change your diet for the better. It will also provide you with additional information on where a wealth of information on healthy nutrition can be found.

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