Essential & Nonessential Amino Acids: Difference & Roles


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What is the main difference between essential and nonessential amino acids?

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1. What could happen if a person does not consume protein-containing foods?

2. All of the following amino acids are essential, EXCEPT:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will aid you in enhancing your comprehension of essential and nonessential amino acids. These assessments will test your understanding of when arginine is most essential, the names of various amino acids, and why amino acids are vital to humans.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to:

  • Recall why the body needs essential amino acids
  • Remember the meaning of nonessential amino acids
  • Bring to mind the names of the essential amino acids
  • Recall the names of the nonessential amino acids

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about amino acids in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as essential and nonessential amino acids
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what amino acids are needed for

Additional Learning

To learn more about the differences between essential and nonessential amino acids, look at this video lesson on Essential & Nonessential Amino Acids: Differences & Rules. You can find the following objectives covered in this lesson:

  • Explain the meaning of amino acids
  • Make a distinction between essential and nonessential amino acids
  • Name and describe the ten essential amino acids
  • Identify and explain the ten nonessential amino acids
  • Understand protein's significance to cells