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Nutrients and the Body - Chapter Summary
As you complete these lessons, you will review the components of nutrition and factors to keep in mind when planning a healthy diet. Follow along with our professional instructors as they discuss the roles and functions of the different elements of nutrition, along with some reliable sources of nutrition information. Complete these lessons to improve your understanding of:
- Sources of reliable nutrition information
- How to determine nutritional needs
- Nutrients, minerals, food groups and planning a healthy diet
- Functions and importance of carbohydrates
- Nutritional roles of the different types of lipids
- Sources and functions of proteins
- Importance of water and maintaining a healthy water balance
Watch the lessons of this chapter on your computer or mobile device to review these subjects, and then fortify your understanding of them by reading the written lesson transcripts. After completing these lessons, you can test how well you retained the information presented in them by taking the lesson quizzes. Each quiz will provide you with results you can use to find the topics you don't understand and video tags you can use to review the parts of the lessons that explained them. Following your completion of this chapter, take the practice chapter exam to ensure you know what you need to about nutrients and the body before moving on to the next chapter.
1. 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.
2. Determining Your Nutritional Needs
This lesson will teach you about important terms involved in determining your nutritional needs, as well as about a tool that can help you use the latest nutritional science to figure these things out.
3. Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups
The USDA and Health and Human Services developed dietary guidelines for Americans that outline diet and lifestyle recommendations. Learn how these guidelines, along with the USDA food guides, can be used to help you develop a healthy eating plan in this video lesson.
4. How to Create a Healthy Eating Plan
Would you like to know what goes into creating a healthy eating plan? Learn how to evaluate your current food intake, find your nutritional needs, choose the right foods and assess your progress to create a plan that meets your nutritional needs.
5. 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.
6. Lipids: Types & Nutritional Role
There are different types of lipids, and each one plays a role in your health. Learn how triglycerides, phospholipids and steroids differ in their chemical structure and the jobs they do within your body.
7. Primary Functions of Protein in the Body
Protein is a vital molecule that carries out many functions in your body. Learn how proteins provide structure, regulate body processes, transport materials throughout your body, help your immune system and act as a source of energy.
8. Proteins: Food Sources & Recommended Intakes
Do you know which foods provide the best source for protein? Learn about both animal-based and plant-based foods that contain protein in this lesson. It will also show you how much protein you should consume each day to stay healthy and avoid disease.
9. 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.
10. Water Balance in the Body: Healthy Intake & Output
Keeping our bodies hydrated is essential for physical and mental performance. Without it, we will suffer from brain fog, make poor decisions, and even be unable to perform simple physical tasks. Learn more about water balance in the body in this lesson.
11. 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.
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