Ch 5: Nutrition Fundamentals

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21 Lessons in Chapter 5: Nutrition Fundamentals
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What Are Fats? - Functions & Molecular Structure

1. What Are Fats? - Functions & Molecular Structure

There are probably many images that come to mind when you hear the word 'fat.' This lesson is all about fat and will explore the structure and function of this often misunderstood lipid.

What Are Nutrients? - Definition & Examples

2. What Are Nutrients? - Definition & Examples

This lesson is about nutrients, which are the building blocks of all living organisms. This lesson will explain what nutrients are, the different kinds of nutrients and offer examples of each.

What is Cholesterol? - Definition & Overview

3. What is Cholesterol? - Definition & Overview

In this lesson we will discuss cholesterol and learn what it does do our bodies, both positively and negatively. Read about the sources, uses, and dangers of cholesterol, and then test your knowledge with a short quiz.

What is Soluble Fiber? - Definition, Sources & Examples

4. What is Soluble Fiber? - Definition, Sources & Examples

Learn about soluble fiber and what foods contain soluble fiber. We will look at some examples of soluble fiber as well. You can take a short quiz to check your knowledge when you finish the lesson.

What is Copper? - Uses, Properties & Deficiency Symptoms

5. What is Copper? - Uses, Properties & Deficiency Symptoms

Pennies, water pipes, and the Roman Empire all have one thing in common, and that is copper. Pennies are plated with copper, water pipes are made from a copper alloy, and the Roman Empire was known for its large amount of copper shields, jewelry, and pottery. But what is copper?

What Are Whole Grains? - Types, Sources & Examples

6. What Are Whole Grains? - Types, Sources & Examples

Whole grains are those which have not been refined and retain their nutritious components. There are many health benefits to eating whole grains. Learn more about these grains and take a short quiz at the end.

What Is Glucose? - Formula, Definition & Regulation

7. What Is Glucose? - Formula, Definition & Regulation

The glucose molecule is an important carbohydrate, essential for the production of ATP, or the molecule of energy in the body. Glucose is tightly regulated, and both excessive and inadequate glucose levels result in disease states.

What is Tryptophan? - Structure, Sources & Side Effects

8. What is Tryptophan? - Structure, Sources & Side Effects

What is tryptophan? Is it really responsible for post-Thanksgiving meal drowsiness? Read more to learn about its structure, where it comes from, and how it affects your body.

Vitamin E: Benefits, Foods & Deficiency Symptoms

9. Vitamin E: Benefits, Foods & Deficiency Symptoms

In this lesson, we'll be looking at Vitamin E, which is present in foods, oils, and supplements. Vitamin E has many benefits when consumed in adequate amounts. In contrast, those with Vitamin E deficiencies can experience a variety of unpleasant deficiency symptoms. Following this overview, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.

What Are Fat-Soluble Vitamins? - Definition, Functions, Characteristics & Examples

10. What Are Fat-Soluble Vitamins? - Definition, Functions, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about fat-soluble vitamins and how they function in your body. You will also obtain information about the characteristics as well as possible food sources of fat-soluble vitamins.

What Are Vitamins? - Definition, Types, Purpose & Examples

11. What Are Vitamins? - Definition, Types, Purpose & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about vitamins and the different types your body needs. You will also learn how vitamins function in your body, by the use of specific examples.

What Is Body Image? - Definition, Facts, Statistics & Issues

12. What Is Body Image? - Definition, Facts, Statistics & Issues

This lesson defines body image, which refers to how people see themselves. It will also discuss the facts, statistics and issues that stem from having a positive and negative body image.

What Is Vitamin A? - Benefits, Foods & Function

13. What Is Vitamin A? - Benefits, Foods & Function

In this lesson, you will learn about Vitamin A and its many health benefits. You will be introduced to foods rich in vitamin A and examine the ways in which vitamin A functions in your body. Also, discover possible health problems that could arise due to insufficient amounts of the vitamin.

What Is Vitamin C? - Benefits, Foods & Deficiency Symptoms

14. What Is Vitamin C? - Benefits, Foods & Deficiency Symptoms

Explore vitamin C and its many health benefits via this lesson. You will be introduced to foods rich in vitamin C and discover specific deficiency symptoms and health problems one could experience due to insufficient amounts of vitamin C.

What Is Vitamin D? - Sources, Benefits & Symptoms of Deficiency

15. What Is Vitamin D? - Sources, Benefits & Symptoms of Deficiency

Vitamin D, otherwise known as the Sunshine Vitamin, is unique among vitamins because our bodies can supply us with plenty, depending on the amount of sunlight to which we are exposed. Explore the role of vitamin D in our health.

What Is Vitamin K? - Benefits, Foods & Symptoms of Deficiency

16. What Is Vitamin K? - Benefits, Foods & Symptoms of Deficiency

We all need vitamins to maintain our health. Explore witamin K - what does it do in the human body, where does it come from, and what happens if we don't get enough.

What is BMI? - Definition, Formula & Calculation

17. What is BMI? - Definition, Formula & Calculation

In this lesson, the term body mass index (BMI) will be defined, and we'll explore the formula to calculate a person's BMI. Several different examples can assist you in learning this concept. Finally, a few examples of how to use BMI in the health care world will be described.

What is Potassium? - Definition, Sources, Benefits & Side Effects

18. What is Potassium? - Definition, Sources, Benefits & Side Effects

We need nutrients for our body to be healthy and to function well. One of the essential nutrients we need is potassium. Continue reading to find out where can we get potassium and why it is so essential to our bodies.

What Are Amino Acids? - Definition & Structure

19. What Are Amino Acids? - Definition & Structure

Your body cannot function without proteins, and in order to build all these important proteins, your body needs amino acids. In this lesson, learn what amino acids are and what they look like. Then test your new knowledge with a short quiz.

What Are Trans Fats? - Definition, Sources & Examples

20. What Are Trans Fats? - Definition, Sources & Examples

The majority of trans fats are artificial fats created by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oil to make it into a solid. Once found in many different foods, the use of trans fats has been drastically reduced. Learn more about these fats and take a quiz at the end.

What is Fatty Acid? - Composition & Structure

21. What is Fatty Acid? - Composition & Structure

Fatty acids are key components of triglycerides, which we use to store energy in our bodies. This lesson discusses the important characteristics of these acids in the human body.

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