Nutrition And Digestion

Knowing the basics about nutrition and digestion helps you to better appreciate the importance of healthy eating. But, you probably don’t have the time to get to a library to read a few chapters of the most current nutrition text. So, instead, why don’t you just sit back, relax and visit a few of the sites below to familiarize yourself with the basics. Or, take a course in nutrition and digestion from the comfort of your own computer. Note: All external links open in a new window, so you can see the originating URL and/or visit the originating site. remains open in a separate window.


The Basics:

History of Nutrition (Vanderbilt Medical Center-Updated Nov/97)
Breakdown of Essential Nutrients (The Sensible Nutrition Connection-Updated May/00)
What’s In Your Food (InteliHealth-no date)
Produce Nutrition (Oasis-no date)
Probiotics: The Friendly Bacteria (
The Nutrients:

The food we eat at meals, or grab from the refrigerator between commercials, contain tiny chemicals called “nutrients“. Our bodies are made up of trillions of tiny cells that need small amounts of these nutrients everyday to give us energy, and to help build and repair our body tissues. These nutrients are grouped into six different categories: