P1 explain the concepts associated with nutritional health Essay

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P1- Explain the concepts associated with nutritional health
Food is defined as any nutritional substance that humans or animals eat or drink in order to maintain healthy life and growth. There are many different types of food and drink that both animals and humans consume. The food we eat determines the lifestyle we have.
A diet is not just something humans go on to lose weight. A diet is the food a drink that a human or animal usually eats. There are many different types of diets that people use in order to achieve something, such as weight loss or weight gain.
Nutrients are found in food and drink and are a substance that provides the nourishment which is needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle and healthy growth. Lack of nutrients
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Growth charts also show the pattern of children's height and weight gain over time, and displays whether or not they are growing proportionally. Growth charts can also display health problems. For example, if a child was to grow along the same pattern until he/she was 2 years old, and then suddenly started growing at a much slower rate than other children, this could indicate a health problem.
Dietary reference values (DRV's) are estimates of the amount of energy and nutrients needed for good health. (for an average healthy adult). This was published by the United Kingdom Department of health in 1991.
RNI's (reference nutrient intakes) are used for proteins, vitamins and minerals. These are estimates of the amount that should meet the needs of most of the groups in which they apply.
There are many measurements found on a food label. A food label must include the product name, list of ingredients, shelf life, storage instructions, instructions for use, weight of the product, country of origin and the name and address of the manufacturer. All of these requirements are mandatory, this means the manufacturer/packer has to include them by law. The list of ingredients tells the consumer all the ingredients that have been used to make the product. The list of ingredients is written in descending order by weight, so the first ingredient of which there is most in the