In a supermarket, “Reference Daily Intake” (RDI) percentages are not available in the produce section as they are on nutrition labels associated with processed foods.
Such an omission is a pity, since adults and children are encouraged to eat more fruits and veggies. To fill this void, I have created the following group of eight www.teacherspayteachers.com (TpT) products:
• Supermarket Molecules
• Supermarket Vegetables
• Supermarket Fruits
• Supermarket Nutrition: Top Nine Foods
• Supermarket Nutrition: Fruits vs Veggies vs Nuts/Seeds
• Nutrition Labels: Fruits and Vegetables
• Molecules for Nathan and Andrew (FREE)
• Create a Nutrition Label
As a first step, children are encouraged to visit -- in the company of their parents -- the produce section of their local supermarket. TpT products about supermarket fruits and vegetables are provided in this Series to introduce children to the categories of produce and also to provide teachers with additional information that is available at Wikipedia.
As a second step, quantitative micronutrient RDI percentages are presented to assist parents, teachers, and students assess the nutrient characteristics of three large categories of produce: (1) fruits, (2) vegetables, and (3) nuts and seeds. More than one hundred twenty produce items are covered.
Parents, teachers, and students are also introduced to supermarket chemistry, in the form of three-dimensional (3D) images of vitamins. Such an introduction is a practical use of chemistry.
With information about micronutrients, in my opinion, children become better able to understand nutrition labels.
In creating these TpT PDF products, I have learned a lot about nutrition in the produce section. For example, ginger is an interesting, nutritious food that dates back to the ancient spice trade between Europe, China, and Southeast Asia. Also, nuts and seeds have outstanding RDI percentages of micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. It is no surprise that squirrels store acorns for their winter survival.
Accompanied by a parent, a trip to a supermarket can serve as
(a) an adventure, namely, a family field trip; (b) an opportunity
for collaboration among parents, a local school, and a local
supermarket; and (c) an opportunity to compare the nutrition
provided by fresh fruits and vegetables versus the nutrition
provided by fast foods and high-sodium packaged foods. Education may help reduce obesity in young children.