BTEC Health and social care Level 3
Unit 21: Nutrition for health and social care
P1: Explain concepts associated with nutritional health
Nutrition is the selection of foods and preparation of foods, and their ingestion to be assimilated by the body. By practicing a healthy diet, many of the known health issues can be avoided. The diet of an organism is what it eats, which is largely determined by the perceived palatability of foods.
Food makes your body work, grow and repair itself. The kind of food you eat can affect the efficiency of these processes. Food can be solid or liquid, and can be taken through the mouth, by tube or directly into a vein if a person is unable to eat or drink normally.
Diet: …show more content…
The word diet doesn’t have to refer to a weight loss diet. A person’s diet consists of the types of food they eat.
Meals and snacks:
People still follow the tradition of eating three meals a day, however a significant number of people gain a lot of their food intake from snacks. Some people have snacks between meals if they are feeling peckish or more time because there is food about.
Nutrients are the components in food that an organism utilizes to provide energy, or support growth, repair or normal functioning of the body. Protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals are all nutrients.
Malnutrition is a condition that results from eating a diet in which nutrients are not enough or are too much such that is causes health problems. The nutrients involved can include: calories, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins or minerals.
Undernourishment is most often due to not enough high quality food available to eat. This is often related to high food prices and poverty. Nutrient loss can be increased by excessive sweating, heavy bleeding and diarrhoea.