After completing this unit, you should be able to:
- Be able to define nutrition, food, and nutrients, and describe how nutrition is related to health, including risk of chronic disease.
- Describe the different factors that impact food choices.
- Understand the basic structure of molecules and that all nutrients are also chemical molecules.
- Be able to describe the 6 types of nutrients and the various ways they are classified.
- Understand how the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) are determined, what each type of DRI value means, and how they are used.
- Be able to use the information in a Nutrition Facts label to understand the nutritional qualities of a food.
- Be familiar with several concepts that are helpful in planning a healthful diet, including adequacy, balance, moderation, variety, nutrient density, and empty calories.
- Be familiar with and able to use tools for planning a healthful diet, including MyPlate, Harvard Healthy Eating Plate, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.