Glencoe Life Science

Unit 4: Human Body Systems

Vitamin rich menu

Vitamins play an important role in body functions. For example, vitamin B1 is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates and for normal nerve and heart function. Pork, kidney beans, and whole-grain cereals are good sources of vitamin B1. Many people take a multi-vitamin supplement to make sure they are getting enough of the essential vitamins their body needs.

Research the role of vitamin B1, or another vitamin from the list below, in the body. What is the recommended daily allowance for the vitamin? Make a list of foods that are rich in the vitamin you have chosen and create a menu for a full day's meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), making sure that each meal contains at least one food from the list.

Vitamin List

Vitamin A
Vitamin B1
Vitamin B2
Vitamin B3
Vitamin B5
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B9
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin K

1 class period to complete the research and 1 class period to create the menu.

Visit these web sites for more information on vitamins.

Vitamin B1

Nutrition Facts and Information

The Vitamins and Nutrition Center

Kids Health - Vitamins

How Vitamin B Works

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