I use this lesson in my anatomy course during the digestive system unit, but it would also be good for a health/nutrition course.
In this lesson, a description of a meal containing 12 separate food items (such as a glass of milk, a ham sandwich with lettuce on wheat bread) is given to students. Students must fill in a chart: identifying the nutrients (proteins, lipids, carbs & sugars) within each food item, the location where that nutrient is digested in the body, and what enzyme is responsible for the breakdown of that nutrient. Students are also provided with a list of background information (in case they aren't sure which nutrients are in which foods) to assist them. Water and foods containing cellulose are also listed in the meal to expand students' understanding of water absorption and our lack of an enzyme to digest cellulose. An answer key is included.
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