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Explaining Organ Functions

Lungs: Provide oxygen to blood

Heart: Circulates blood throughout the body

Stomach: Helps digest food


Intestines: Absorb nutrients from food

Liver: Removes toxins from blood and processes nutrients from food

Kidneys: Filter blood of waste and extra fluid

Using Metaphors to Explain Nutrition

Metaphors and simple concepts are useful in teaching basic nutrition. An example of this could be conveying foods rich in carbohydrate as "go" foods, protein-rich foods as “grow” foods and colorful produce as "glow" foods. Health educators should emphasize that good nutrition requires eating at least one serving of these three types of food at each meal:

Foods Simple Concept of Function 

Carbohydrate-rich foods  -> FUEL

Protein-rich foods -> BUILDING BLOCKS

Fruits and Vegetables -> HELPERS & PROTECTORS

In other words, nutrients give our bodies instructions about how to function. In this sense, food can be seen as a source of "information" for the body.
Thinking about food in this way gives us a view of nutrition that goes beyond calories or grams, good foods or bad foods. This view leads us to focus on foods we should include rather than foods to exclude.
Instead of viewing food as the enemy, we look to food as a way to create health and reduce disease by helping the body maintain function.To lose weight, take in fewer calories than your body burns every day. To stop weight gain, don't eat more calories than you burn.

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