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Nutrition Assignment

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Meghna Srivastava Biology IBS P1 Mr Khanna November 26th 2001 Nutrition Assignment Part 1 - General Nutrition a) Malnutrition is defined as faulty nutrition due to inadequate or unbalanced intake of nutrients or their impaired assimilation or utilization. b) Vitamins * Vitamin A - Source: dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, cabbage, kale, leeks, broccoli, parsley, watercress, turnip greens, fresh and dried apricots, red peppers, fish, dairy products. - Function: This vitamin fights infection and keeps glands, skin and gums healthy. It also maintains the respiratory tract. * Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) - Source: cereals, legumes, nuts, pork. - Function: Vitamin B1 promotes proper nerve functioning. It also aids carbohydrates digestion by turning them into biological energy. * Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) ...read more.


- Function: Selenium is important in maintaining body fluids. * Iron - Source: red meat, liver, shellfish, fish, fortified bread and cereal, dried apricot, legumes. - Functions: Iron manufactures hemoglobin in red blood cells. This is crucial because hemoglobin transports oxygen. d) The diet of many Indonesian children A large problem in the diet of many Indonesian children is calcium deficiency. Ever since the economic crisis of 1997, inflation was rampant in Indonesia. The cost of milk (a major source of calcium) doubled, and even tripled in some places. At the same time, many people were being laid off and in general people had less money to spend, resulting in less Indonesian children getting access to milk. This decrease in calcium intake led to many children not growing enough and many children being too small for their age. ...read more.


3. Estimated Cost if the project will cover 100 children: this depends on their respective ages and the number of years remaining until they turn 15. 4. Success of the program: The success of this program could be seen through a reduction in rates of stunted growth, rickets, osteoporosis and gum disease in children below the age of 15. 5. Social, economic, cultural or environmental conditions that may have caused the problem: the main factor in the problem of calcium deficiency is of course the economic crisis of the late 90s. Hundreds of workers were laid off, and the workers that still had jobs were working at low salaries. At the same time, inflation was at a high point - prices skyrocketed, and it was difficult for the average Indonesian to buy regular food with a below-average salary. ...read more.

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