Ch 1: Essential Nutrients

About This Chapter

Explore engaging lessons to boost your knowledge of essential nutrients. Watch videos and review transcripts that cover minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins and much more.

Essential Nutrients - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides an in-depth look at essential nutrients. Instructors have compiled materials and developed lessons that make it easy to brush up on your knowledge of fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, water and more. Review these lessons at your leisure. In no time, you will have the knowledge to:

  • Discuss simple and complex carbohydrates
  • Describe saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats
  • Explain the importance and dietary needs associated with proteins and amino acids
  • Share the importance and sources of vitamins we need
  • Identify food sources for minerals, and describe how they function in the body
  • Provide details about water's role as a nutrient

The lessons in this chapter are available as videos with fun visual effects and full transcripts with helpful vocabulary words. Timelines are located beneath the videos that allow you to identify and skip to key topics without watching lessons in full. Before, during and after reviewing the lessons, feel free to test your knowledge of essential nutrients by taking short lesson quizzes. A chapter exam is also available to reinforce concepts explored in the lessons.

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Essential Nutrients
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Simple & Complex Carbohydrates: Dietary Needs

1. Simple & Complex Carbohydrates: Dietary Needs

This lesson will explore the many different kinds of carbohydrates found in food. You'll learn about monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharides, and much more!

Saturated, Monounsaturated & Polyunsaturated Fat: Dietary Needs

2. Saturated, Monounsaturated & Polyunsaturated Fat: Dietary Needs

Fat has been derided as being really bad for you despite serving many important functions. You'll learn about these functions and the different kinds of fat you may encounter as well as why a lot of fat can truly, in the end, be bad for you.

Proteins & Amino Acids: Importance & Dietary Needs

3. Proteins & Amino Acids: Importance & Dietary Needs

Can protein become fat? How much protein do we need? What's the difference between an essential and a complete protein? You'll find out that and much more as we go over the nutritional aspects of proteins.

Vitamins We Need: Their Importance & Sources

4. Vitamins We Need: Their Importance & Sources

There are a lot of different vitamins, and they come from many different places! This lesson will teach you about what they are, how many different kinds you need, what they do, and where you can obtain them naturally.

Minerals in Our Food: Functions in the Body & Food Sources

5. Minerals in Our Food: Functions in the Body & Food Sources

Minerals are important substances that help your body's form and function on many different levels. This lesson will go over some important ones, what they do, and where they are found in our diets.

Water's Role as a Nutrient: Importance & Dietary Need

6. Water's Role as a Nutrient: Importance & Dietary Need

Water is an important thing for the entire world and the world inside your body. This lesson will point out why it's important for you and how much you need on a daily basis.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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