Episode: Basic Nutrition

Most young people acknowledge the need for fuels that won't harm the planet—but do they realize that also applies to fueling the body? This program guides students through the basic concepts of healthy eating and the principal nutrients that keep the human anatomy functioning properly. Outlining the properties and benefits of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, water, vitamins, and minerals, the video explains the difference between macronutrients and micronutrients, illustrates the functions of monosaccharides and disaccharides, highlights the virtues of whole grains, pinpoints the dangers of dehydration and vitamin deficiency, and presents eye-catching animation and in-depth commentary from nutrition experts clarifying each topic. The USDA's MyPlate food guidance system and dietary guidelines are also discussed.
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