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Ch 2: Overview of Nutrition

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These concise lessons on nutrition can help you with test preparation or a class project. You can review the function of carbohydrates, the effects of an imbalanced diet, and more from a mobile-friendly platform that allows you to study at your convenience.

Overview of Nutrition - Chapter Summary

In this chapter on nutrition, engaging lessons cover subjects like sources of protein and the function of lipids. You can also review what happens when you are deficient in vitamin C and calcium. After going through the lessons, you should feel confident and ready to do the following:

  • List nutrients required for regulation of bodily processes
  • Recall three different types of carbohydrates
  • Explain the benefits of eating protein
  • Recount the chemical structure of lipids
  • Discuss the molecule that sparks the process of cellular respiration
  • Describe the consequences of having an imbalanced diet
  • Explain how to perform the iodine test for starch

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7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Overview of Nutrition
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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.

Structure and Function of Carbohydrates

2. Structure and Function of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are found in many foods that we eat and may be found as sugars, starches, or fiber. Learn more about these three distinct types of carbohydrates, and how they are distinguished through their chemical structures in this lesson.

What is Protein? - Definition, Function, Benefits & Sources

3. What is Protein? - Definition, Function, Benefits & Sources

In this lesson, you'll learn about the primary structure, function, and sources of protein molecules while exploring some real-world examples and illustrations.

Structure and Function of Lipids

4. Structure and Function of Lipids

Molecules called lipids have long hydrocarbon chains that determine the way they act. They can be fats, oils, or hormones, and even exist in our cell membranes. Learn more about the chemical structure and biological function of various lipids in this lesson.

What Is the Primary Fuel for Cellular Respiration?

5. What Is the Primary Fuel for Cellular Respiration?

Cellular respiration involves a few different steps and molecules to create energy for cells. One molecule in particular sparks the entire process. In this lesson, we'll discuss this molecule and some of its associated molecules.

Imbalanced Diet: Effects & Causes

6. Imbalanced Diet: Effects & Causes

This lesson discusses an imbalanced diet. You'll learn the nutrients that may be in excess or in deficiency, what the causes of an imbalanced diet may be, and the potential consequences of an imbalanced diet.

Testing for Nutrients: Iodine & Sugar

7. Testing for Nutrients: Iodine & Sugar

How do scientists know if a food has starch or sugar in it? Is there a way they can tell the difference between the two? This lesson will discuss how tests are performed for check for these two carbohydrates.

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