Ch 16: Principles of Nutrition

About This Chapter

Review the principles of nutrition for an exam, assignment or fun with this online study guide chapter. The chapter includes bite-sized lessons and self-assessments that can be accessed whenever you have extra time in your schedule.

Principles of Nutrition - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our expert instructors examine the principles of nutrition through concise definitions and simple illustrative examples. As you work through these short and engaging lessons, you'll improve your understanding of nutrients, the digestive systems, balanced diets, malnutrition causes and more. Studying this chapter can help you:

  • Identify examples of nutrients
  • Discuss the physiological processes and functions of the human digestive system
  • Outline the elements of a balanced diet
  • Recognize the causes of over-nutrition and under-nutrition
  • Describe common drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions

Accompanying each lesson is a short quiz that's designed to reinforce your understanding of important nutritional terms. To help you make sure you fully understand these concepts, we've included a chapter exam, as well as an Ask the Expert feature that you can use if you need clarification on a lesson topic. Use a computer or mobile device to access the chapter material, and feel free to study at any time that's convenient.

5 Lessons in Chapter 16: Principles of Nutrition
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What Are Nutrients? - Definition & Examples

1. 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.

The Digestive System: Functions & Physiological Processes

2. The Digestive System: Functions & Physiological Processes

In this lesson, we explore the functions and processes of the digestive system, where the food we eat is broken down and turned into the energy we use to do virtually everything else. A short quiz follows.

What is a Balanced Diet? - Definition, Plans & Examples

3. What is a Balanced Diet? - Definition, Plans & Examples

In this lesson, we'll be covering the much-debated topic of what a balanced diet is. Here, you'll learn to sort through all the fad diets and understand which nutrients really contribute to a healthy, balanced diet.

Malnutrition: Causes of Over-nutrition and Under-nutrition & Most Affected Regions

4. Malnutrition: Causes of Over-nutrition and Under-nutrition & Most Affected Regions

Have you ever thought about your diet and whether or not you are getting the appropriate nutrients you need to remain healthy? In this lesson, we will describe the concept of malnutrition and explore the ways that people's diets can be unbalanced. We will also discuss regions of the world where malnutrition is prevalent and why.

Common Drug-Nutrient & Drug-Herb Interactions

5. Common Drug-Nutrient & Drug-Herb Interactions

Nutrients and the natural compounds found in herbs help your body perform well. However, if you are taking a medication, you need to be aware of potentially dangerous drug and nutrient or drug and herb interactions.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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