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All About Nutrients
©2009

Depriving the human body of proper nutrition is like taking away a car’s gasoline—as well as its steel, aluminum, rubber, and upholstery. This program explores the function and importance of nutrients, explaining why we need a balanced food intake and illustrating the health problems that result when we don’t eat properly. Viewers learn about a wide variety of necessary vitamins and minerals and encounter diet-related illnesses that result from inadequate quantities of some foods and their associated nutrients. The consequences of consuming too much of some food types are also explored in detail. (24 minutes)



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Nutrients
Nutrients are chemicals that are essential for the growth and development or living organisms. Eating foods without nutrients will interfere with proper body functioning. In humans, most nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine.