Essential Nutrients for Gastrointestinal Health


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This nutrient forms a gel inside the GI tract and helps to slow down digestion?

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1. This is a painful condition involving the inflammation of small pouch-like bulges in the large intestine.

2. These nutrients are formed in the colon by the bacterial fermentation of undigested carbohydrates.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Recent research shows that your gastrointestinal (GI) health can affect your overall health; and this worksheet and quiz are designed to test your knowledge of the essential nutrients required for gastrointestinal health. The questions will quiz you on key nutrients, good bacteria, and amino acids that keep the gastrointestinal tract healthy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In the quiz, you will be assessed on terminology with these definitions:

  • Nutrients created in the colon by bacterial fermentation of undigested carbohydrates
  • Amino acid that aids in sustaining the digestive tract lining
  • Inflammation of small bulges in the large intestine
  • Nutrients from bacteria that causes fermentation in the colon
  • Nutrient that slows down digestion by becoming a gel inside the GI tract

Skills Practiced

The worksheet and quiz help students to develop these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the essential nutrients for gastrointestinal health from the related lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding slowing down digestion and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about large intestine inflammation

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying video lesson entitled Essential Nutrients for Gastrointestinal Health to learn more. The lesson includes these important objectives:

  • Learn symptoms that people with poor gastrointestinal health may experience
  • Understand why foods that add bulk to your digestive tract are important
  • Define butyrate, and describe how it can help with gastrointestinal health
  • Identify a component found in plants that cannot be digested