Ch 3: Carbohydrates in Nutrition Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Carbohydrates in Nutrition chapter of this Science of Nutrition Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach the function, formation and effects of carbohydrates in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Carbohydrates in Nutrition chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Nature of carbohydrates Definition and structure of carbohydrates; RDA, food sources and carbohydrate intake health guidelines
Tuesday Carbohydrate function Importance of carbohydrates, deficiency and functions
Wednesday Lactose intolerance; blood glucose The major disaccharides and lactose intolerance; ways to regulate blood glucose
Thursday Type 1 and type 2 diabetes Risk factors, causes, signs and symptoms, treatments
Friday Excessive carbohydrates; fiber Effects of excessive carbohydrates on health such as dental issues, obesity, type 2 diabetes; alternative sweeteners and gastrointestinal health; discussion of insoluble and soluble fiber

9 Lessons in Chapter 3: Carbohydrates in Nutrition Lesson Plans
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Health Effects of the Excessive Consumption of Carbohydrates

1. Health Effects of the Excessive Consumption of Carbohydrates

Excessive consumption of carbohydrates, especially refined carbohydrates and added sugars, can lead to negative health effects. Learn how type 2 diabetes, dental caries and obesity are linked to the overconsumption of carbohydrates in this lesson.

Insoluble and Soluble Fiber: Dietary Needs

2. Insoluble and Soluble Fiber: Dietary Needs

If you didn't know this already, there are many different kinds and functions of fiber! You'll learn about what dietary, functional, total, soluble, and insoluble fiber is and how much you need each day and why.

Lactose Intolerance and the Major Disaccharides: Definition, Structure & Examples

3. Lactose Intolerance and the Major Disaccharides: Definition, Structure & Examples

Disaccharides are a class of sugar created by the combination of two monosaccharides. The three major disaccharides in your diet are maltose, sucrose, and lactose. In this lesson, you will learn about these disaccharides and a common digestive system disorder called lactose intolerance.

Regulation of Blood Glucose: Importance & Nutrient Conversion

4. Regulation of Blood Glucose: Importance & Nutrient Conversion

Blood glucose levels are closely regulated and maintained within a narrow range. Learn how the pancreatic hormones, insulin and glucagon, maintain normal blood sugar levels and how other nutrients can be converted to blood glucose in this lesson.

Structure and Function of Carbohydrates

5. Structure and Function of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are found in many foods that we eat and may be found as sugars, starches, or fiber. Learn more about these three distinct types of carbohydrates, and how they are distinguished through their chemical structures in this lesson.

The Importance of Carbohydrates: Functions & Impact of Deficiency

6. The Importance of Carbohydrates: Functions & Impact of Deficiency

The main function of carbohydrates is to provide the body and brain with energy. An adequate intake of carbs also spares proteins and helps with fat metabolism. Learn about the roles carbohydrates play and what happens when you don't get enough of them.

Type 1 Diabetes: Risk Factors, Signs & Treatment

7. Type 1 Diabetes: Risk Factors, Signs & Treatment

Diabetes affects 26 million people (nearly 9% of the population) in the United States. But not all cases of diabetes are the same. The focus of this lesson is type 1 diabetes. We'll learn what it is, why it occurs, and how it affects the body in both the short- and long-term.

Type 2 Diabetes: Risk Factors, Signs & Treatment

8. Type 2 Diabetes: Risk Factors, Signs & Treatment

As many as 57 million people in the United States are on the path to becoming diabetic. Over 90% of them will be type 2 diabetics. But, what is this disease, and why has it become so prevalent? This lesson explores the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment of type 2 diabetes.

What Are Carbohydrates? - Sources & Intake Guidelines

9. What Are Carbohydrates? - Sources & Intake Guidelines

Do you know which foods contain carbohydrates? Learn sources of both simple and complex carbohydrates, as well as how many carbs you should consume each day to stay healthy and avoid disease, in this lesson.

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