Nutrition and Health Worksheet
Use Ch. 1 of Contemporary Nutrition, Ch. 2 of Visualizing Nutrition, supplemental course materials, the University Library, the Internet, or other resources to answer the following questions. Your response to each question should be 75 to 100 words.
1. What is nutrition? Why is nutrition essential to our daily lives?
Nutrition the science that links food to health and disease the science of nutrition studies several processes or systems by which human organisms ingest, digest, absorb, transport, and excrete food substances essential to human life (Wardlaw, & Smith, 2011). Nutrition is essential to human organisms daily lives because it is the system that supplies nutrients/chemical substances in food to cells and other chemical processes within the body. Humans ingest the food and the cells collect nutrients from food and provide the elements necessary to regulate and provide energy and nutrients are vital to cell reproduction, growth, and maintenance (Wardlaw, & Smith, 2011).
2. What is the connection between nutrition and health?
The human consumption of food/nutrients has a significant effect on how healthy the body is consuming either too many or too little of one or more nutrients can result in low energy levels and malnutrition which can have immediate as well as lasting results on health. Nutrition is also an important part of the human immune system without the proper nutrition it is difficult for the human body to defend itself from disease, bacteria, and other foreign microorganisms (Grosvenor, & Smolin, 2012).
3. What are the six classes of nutrients? What are essential nutrients? What are the sources of nutrients? What do nutrients do?
The six classes of nutrients are carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water (Wardlaw, & Smith, p.7, 2011). There are three characteristic of an essential nutrient; 1) at least one specific