3rd Grade - Health

LESSON PROBLEM: Nutrition: What food is nutritious and keeps you filled for a long time?


Grains, all grains, form an important part of our diet.

Grains can be rice, wheat, corn, etc. They are a good source of energy. We need energy to work, to study, to play; in fact, to do anything. We need energy even to breathe.

Grains are filling. When we are hungry, a diet consisting of grains will keep us full for a longer time compared to other foods such as, vegetables or fruits.

In our daily diet, we need to include all types of foods. But, the number of servings of foods made from grains should be the largest. Grains give us energy, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The number of grain servings in our daily diet should be 6-11.

Research has proven that rice is as useful and nutritious as other grains. In some respects, it is often better than other grains.

Rice is an important part of the human diet and is used to fuel our bodies. Complex carbohydrates provide the energy needed by the body. Rice also contains vitamins such as: thiamin, niacin and iron. In the United States, rice is enriched with folic acid as well.

More than 100,000 people in the U.S. are unable to eat foods from some grains, such as wheat, barley, rye and oats. Others may not be able to eat millet or buckwheat. The primary treatment for this condition is to avoid products that contain a certain protein called gluten.

Rice is a non-allergic food and it does not contain gluten. It is ideal for a gluten-free diet and is good in most allergy diets. It is also fat, sodium and cholesterol free.


Study the nutritional information on the packages of foods you normally eat.

Do you know why a serving of one food has more energy than that of another? Write your answer.


Study the nutritional information on two snacks. Now do the following:

1. Make a chart comparing the calories per serving of the snacks.

2. Try to figure out why are the calories of one snack are higher than that of another?

3. If the difference in calories is due to fat calories, which snack is good for your health if the price is the same for both? Write your answer.


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  • fiber
  • filling
  • serving
  • nonallergic
  • energy
  • source
  • react
  • avoid

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