Food is a complex energy-rich organic matter which living organism feed on to obtain nutrients and substances necessary for life. Food substances are classified to six groups
(i) Carbohydrate (ii) Protein (iii) Fat and oils (iv) Mineral salts (v) Vitamins (vi) Water and roughages.
Carbohydrates are made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. They have general formula (CxH2O)y. carbohydrate consists of simple sugar, starches, cellulose and glycogen. They are grouped into simple sugar or monosaccharide, double sugar/disaccharides and poly saccharide. The common sources include yam, cassava, potatoes, bread, cereals e.g. rice, maize e.t.c.
Simple sugar or Monosaccharide
These are the simplest sugar which consists of one molecule of simple sugars. They have general formula C6H10O6. Examples are glucose, fructose and ribose (C5H10O5) or galactose
These are sugars which consist of two molecules of simple sugar which formed by condensation with the general formula C12H22O11. Examples are sucrose, maltose and lactose
Sucrose: It is a non-reducing sugar which is formed from a molecule of glucose and a molecule of glucose is the main source
Maltose: This is obtained from the condensation of two molecules of simple sugar. It is reducing sugar
Lactose (milk-sugar): It is a reducing sugar. It is obtained from the condensation of a molecule of glucose and a molecule of galactose
These are complex carbohydrates. Examples are starch, cellulose, chitin and inulin.
- Starch: It has the formula C6H10O5)n where n represent a large number. It is formed from the condensation of numerous molecules of simple sugar. Examples of the sources of starch are yam, cereals, cassava and bread
- Cellulose: This is composed of several condensed unit of monosaccharides. It makes the cell wall of plant source of cellulose include whole meal bread, cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables.
iii. Glycogen (Animal starch): This is the form which animals store their carbohydrate usually in the muscle or liver
Importance of Carbohydrate
- It provides energy required by animals for their daily activities
- It provides heat during it oxidation used in maintain the body temperature
iii. It forms certain body part of arthropods (exoskeleton)
- The mucus which is an important lubricant in the body is formed carbohydrate
Proteins are complex molecules and are made of smaller unit called amino acids. Proteins have to be digested to amino acids before they are absorbed in the body of animal. The breakdown of proteins during digestion takes place in the following
Protein —-> Peptone —-> Polypeptide —-> Amino acid
Protein is composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulphur
Sources of protein include both animal source and plant source
The animal source includes milk, egg, fish, cheese, meat and chicken while the Plant sources are beans, groundnut, soya beans and melon.
Importance of Protein
- Protein is needed for growth of young ones
- It is used for the repair of worn out tissues or cells
iii. It aids reproduction
- It is used for the production of enzymes
- It is needed for the production of hormone
- It is needed for body building57
FATS AND OIL
Fat and oils are also called lipids. They consist of only carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. However, the amount of oxygen in each lipid is very little e.g. tristearin, is C57H10O6. Fats are solid lipid at room temperature. Plant sources of oil include groundnut, palm oil, soya beans oil; coconut oil and melon oil white animal sources of fat include butter, fish or cod oil.
Fat and oil are hydrolysed during digestion to fatty acid and glycerol
Importance of Fat and Oil
- Fat and oil provides more energy to animal than carbohydrate
- Fat supplies essential fatty acid to animal
iii. Fat and oil act as solvent for fat soluble vitamins
- They help in the maintenance of body temperature
- They act as insulator to animal which help them to conserve heat
Mineral salts are food substances that are required in traces for vital body process. They are taken in their ionic forms. Animal takes in their elements mainly by feeding on plants or their products except a few of them such as sodium chloride (table salt). Lack of mineral salts will result in nutritional deficiency. These mineral elements or salts include phosphorus, calcium, iodine, manganese, fluorine, copper and cobalt.
|CALCIUM||Milk, Cheese, Egg and Fish||(i) Bone and teeth formation and development(ii) Needed for blood clotting(iii) Normal Functioning of the heart, nervous system and muscle||(i) Rickets(ii) Osteomalacia(iii) Tooth decay|
|PHOSPHORUS||Milk, cheese, egg, fish and wheat||(i) For strong development of teeth and bone(ii) It forms part of DNA and RNA(iii) Needed for respiration||i) Rickets(ii) Osteomalacia(iii) Tooth decay|
|MAGNESSIUM||Green, vegetables, milk, meat||(i) For muscle contraction(ii) Needed for utilization of iron(iii) Needed for teeth and bone||Nervous disorder|
|POTASSIUM||Fruits and other Natural food||(i) Needed for functioning of the muscles(ii) For transmission of impulses in nerves||It leads to muscle paralysis|
|SULPHUR||Beans, fish, meat & egg||Constituent of proteins, amino acids and vitamin B||Poor growth|
|SODIUM & CHLORINE||Table salt, fish fruit||(i) Transmission of impulses(ii) Maintenance of osmotic balance of the cell||(i) Dehydration(ii) Muscle cramp|
|IRON||Eggs, liver, kidneys, beans, vegetables||(i) Formation of haemoglobin in red blood cell||Anaemia|
|IODINE||Sea foods||(i) Required by the thyroid gland to make thyroxine||Goitre|
|MARGANESE||Egg, Milk, Meat||(i) Required for normal growth(ii) Acts as co-factors in some enzymatic reactions|
|COPPER||Green vegetables, eggs, milk, meat||(i) It catalyses the use of iron(ii) For proper respiration in some aerobic organisms||Anaemia|
Vitamins are organic food substances which are needed in small quantities or traces for body normal growth and healthy development in man and other animals. Absence or insufficiency of vitamin supply in diet may lead to deficiency diseases
Groups of Vitamins
(i) Fat Soluble Vitamins: These are vitamins that are soluble only in fat e.g. vitamins A,D, E and K
(ii) Water Soluble Vitamins: These are vitamins that are soluble in water e.g. vitamins B-complex and vitamin C. some members of vitamin B2(Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), b5 (Pantothenic) B6 (Pyridoxine), B12, (cyanocobalamine), Folic acid e.t.c.
|VITAMIN A(Retino)||Liver, eggs, fish, milk, palm oil, fresh vegetables||(i) Required for normal growth of cells and skin(ii) For proper vision of the eye||(i) Night blindness(ii) Reduced resistance to diseases|
|VITAMIN B1||Yeast, unpolished rice, milk, beans, palm wine||(i) Required for normal growth(ii) Formation of co-enzymes involved in cellular respiration||(i) Slow growth(ii) Dermatitis|
|VITAMIN B2||Yeast, soya beans, egg, milk, green vegetables||(i) Required for growth healthy skin and proper functioning of the eyes(ii) Formation or co-enzymes involved in cellular respiration||(i) Slow growth(ii) Dermatitis|
|VITAMIN B3||Yeast, beans, milk, palm wine, yam, vegetables||Needed for cellular respiration||Pellagra ( a skin disease and digestive problem|
|VITAMIN B12||Kidney, liver, fish, milk||Formation of red blood cells||Pernicious anaemia|
|VITAMIN C(Ascorbic acid)||Fresh fruits e.g. Orange and green vegetables||(i) Aids wound healing(ii) Helps to resist infection||Scurvy (characteristic by bleeding gum, poor healing of wood an low resistance of infection)|
|VITAMIN DCalciferol||Fish, milk, egg, liver, form in the skin by light||Needed for strong bone and teeth formation and development||Ricket, osteomalacia|
|Green vegetable, butter, liver||Promotion of fertility in animals||Reproductive failure e.g. sterility and pre mature abortion|
|VITAMIN KPhylloquinone||Fresh green vegetable/cabbage spinach||Aids blood clothing||Haemorrhage|
Water is composed of two elements hydrogen and oxygen. Source of water available to animals include metabolic water from food, drinking water from rivers, rain, pond e.t.c.
Importance of Water
(i) It is required for metabolic activities in the body
(ii) Water is necessary for digestion of food
(iii) It can be used for maintenance of body temperature
(iv) It is served as a medium of transportation of nutrients
(v) It helps in excretion of metabolic waste products from the body e.g. urine
(vi) It is the basis of body secretion from endocrine gland
(vii) It helps in the maintenance of the osmotic content of the body
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