About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Introduction to 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||Classes of nutrients||Functions of the six classes of nutrients, carbohydrates, fats, proteins and organic vs. inorganic nutrients|
|Tuesday||Scientific study in the nutrition field||Experimental design and the scientific method|
|Wednesday||Dietary reference intakes||EAR, RDA, AI, UL, diet planning, MyPlate food groupings|
|Thursday||Nutrition and health assessment||ABCDEs of nutritional assessment, malnutrition and the link between nutrition, diet and health|
|Friday||Nutritional facts and information||Reliable nutrition information sources, nutrition trends, food supplements and fighting disease with proper nutrition|
1. Assessing Your Nutrition, Diet & Health: How to Avoid Disease
A nutritional assessment is used to determine the nutritional status of a person or group of people. Learn about the ABCDs of nutritional assessment: anthropometric assessment, biochemical assessment, clinical assessment and dietary assessment.
2. Dietary Reference Intakes: EAR, RDA, AI & UL
Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) are a set of values used to plan a healthy diet. Learn about the DRI values: Estimated Average Requirements (EARs), Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs), Adequate Intakes (AIs) and Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (ULs).
3. 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.
4. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method
What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on the design of scientific experiments.
5. How to Find Sources of Reliable Nutrition Information
There is a lot of nutritional information available through the Internet and other media outlets, so how do you find reliable sources of nutritional information? Follow along to find out and learn how to protect yourself from false claims.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Using the Scientific Method in the Nutrition Field
The scientific method is a systematic process that scientists follow to provide reliable nutritional advice to the public. Learn how a hypothesis is formulated and how this leads to the creation of a theory, as well as what makes a study reliable, in this lesson.
9. 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.
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