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SCI 100 Week 3 DQ 1

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Select one of the six classes of nutrients--water, protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and
minerals --from Chapter 8 of the text. What is the primary function of this class of nutrient,
and what happens if you do not consume adequate amounts?
Vitamins promote growth and maintain our life and health. Vitamins helps with the
maintenance of our nerves and skin, these essential compounds produce blood cells, build strong
bones and teeth, help heal wounds, and convert the food we eat into the needed energy for our
body. Vitamins do not add calories to our diets. Vitamins fall into categories of fat soluble
which means with the help of fat are absorbed thought he intestinal track, or water soluble
meaning vitamins are easily dissolved in water. The vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, and
Vitamin C and B complex are water soluble. Fat soluble vitamins are stored in the body that
accumulates toxins in the liver that generally causes symptoms similar to cirrhosis. Vitamins that
are water-soluble cause few problems because they are eliminated. Too much vitamins can be
harmful and may lead to hypervitaminosis (Donatelle, 2010). If there are not enough vitamins
consumed, it can lead to vitamin deficiencies that can be life threatening.
Reference
Donatelle, R. J. Access to Health, Green Edition. San Francisco, CA: Benjamin
Cummings.

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