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What's That Food? (pre-assessment)

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, and Barbara Tharp, MS.

The Science Behind Eating Healthy Food

Discuss the importance of healthy eating habits. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are our main sources of energy. Our bodies also need protein to maintain muscles and carry out many functions inside cells. We also need small amounts of vitamins and minerals. The best way to get our necessary nutrients without consuming too many calories is to follow the recommendations of a food pyramid or


  1. Oils are not a food group. However there are good sources of oils that are beneficial to the human body. Get your oils from fish, nuts and liquid oils, like corn oil, soybean oil or canola oil.

  2. The Science of Food Teacher’s Guide was revised to use the USDA MyPlate graphics. Please refer to the teacher’s guide for more information.

Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932