Nutrients in Food

Duration: 1½ Week / 5¼ hours
NS CAPS, Page 15 and 48

After the completion of Topic 2 the learners will be able to:

  • list the four food groups
  • explain the importance of each food group
  • be able to sort food into the different nutrient (food) groups
  • list sources and functions of Vitamins A, B, C and D
  • read and discover nutrients and/or additives on labels of food packaging
  • describe a balanced diet.

Content and Concepts: Please select a sub-category below.

toolsYou will need


  • Computer
  • Data projector
  • Speakers
  • Internet connection

Powerpoints and Photocopies

Available on category pages
  • PowerPoints
  • Worksheets
  • Quiz


  • Oranges cut into pieces
  • Pictures of food from the different food groups
  • Labels for each of the food groups printed on cardboard: carbohydrates; proteins;  fats and oils;  vitamins and minerals
  • Magazine pictures of foods from each of the four food groups
  • Variety of food containers and wrappers with nutritional information visible: tubs, boxes or tins
  • Shopping bags
  • Magazine pictures of meals, e.g. spaghetti bolognaise; salad with lettuce, egg, tomato,  green pepper;  bacon, eggs and toast;  ice cream and strawberries
  • Food containers (tins and plastic) with nutritional information visible on the labels.