Ch 7: Functional Properties of Nutrients

About This Chapter

Watch these lessons to learn more about types of nutrients and human nutrition needs. Review facts on nutritional risks and benefits as well as how to interpret food labels.

Functional Properties of Nutrients - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter cover the types of energy-yielding nutrients in our foods and also explore some myths about nutrition. In some lessons, our instructors will go over facts about organic and inorganic foods and help you refresh your understanding of nutritional risks and benefits. Another lesson goes into detail about understanding the lists of ingredients and claims on food labels. After completing this chapter, you should have a good grasp of topics that include:

  • The definition of nutrition
  • Carbohydrates, fats and proteins
  • Definition of organic and inorganic nutrients
  • False beliefs about nutrition
  • How to interpret labels on packaged foods

These lessons are available 24/7 via computer, smartphone or tablet. Each is followed by a short multiple-choice quiz that lets you assess your knowledge and determine where you need extra review. You can read along with the instructor on a written transcript of the lesson that has important terms in bold type. Contact the instructors through our ask-an-expert message board.

5 Lessons in Chapter 7: Functional Properties of Nutrients
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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.

Energy-Yielding Nutrients: Carbohydrates, Fat & Protein

2. Energy-Yielding Nutrients: Carbohydrates, Fat & Protein

Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are referred to as the three energy-yielding nutrients because they provide your body with energy that is measured in calories. You'll also learn about another substance that can provide your body with calories, even though it is not a nutrient.

Organic vs Inorganic Nutrients: Differences & Importance

3. Organic vs Inorganic Nutrients: Differences & Importance

The presence or absence of carbon is what differentiates organic nutrients from inorganic nutrients. Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and vitamins have carbon in their structure, making them organic. Water and minerals do not, so they are inorganic.

Nutritional Myths, Facts, Risks & Benefits

4. Nutritional Myths, Facts, Risks & Benefits

Have you heard about the latest supplement craze that will cure you of something? Is it worth taking? This lesson will talk about the benefits, risks, myths, and facts surrounding dietary supplements.

How to Read Food Labels: Understanding Claims & Components

5. 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.

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