What is Nutrition?
As a term, nutrition is derived from Latin ‘nutrire’ which means ‘to nourish’. According to Mosby’s Medical, Nursing & Allied Health Dictionary, the definition of nutrition is:
• The sum of the processes involved in the taking in of nutrients, and in their assimilation and use for proper body functioning and maintenance of health. The successive stages include ingestion, digestion, absorption, assimilation and excretion.
• The study of food and drink as related to the growth and maintenance of living organisms.
In broad terms, nutrition is the science of foods and the nutrients and other substances they contain and of their actions within the body. These actions include ingestion, digestion, absorption, transport, metabolism, and excretion. The term also covers social, economic, cultural, and psychological implications of food and eating.
In this section of VegFusion, I will be sharing my knowledge and experience around the subject of nutrition, making right choices and eating well.
Photo: Local grocery store in Little India, Singapore.
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