Components of Food | Grade 6

The components of food which are needed by our body for growth and development are called nutrients. The main components of foods are carbohydrates, protein,fats, vitamins and minerals.

Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are major source of energy so itsa called energy giving food. It is made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There are three types of carbohydrates.

  • Sugars: It is a simple carbohydrate having sweet taste. Sources of sugar are glucose, Sugarcane, milk and fruits; such as banana, apple, grapes, etc they are easily digested.
  • Starch: It is a complex carbohydrate. It is a tasteless, colourless. Sources of starch are: Wheat, maize, potato and rice.
  • Cellulose: It is present in plant cell wall. It is a complex carbohydrate. Humans cannot digest cellulose.


  • Protein helps in body growth and repairs the tissues so it is also called body building food.
  • muscles of our body are made up of proteins.
  • protein molecule is made up of thousands of small units called amino acids.
  • We get protein from milk, eggs, meat, fish and all kinds of pulse.
  • The daily requirement of protein for adults is 1 gram per kilogram of the body weight.
  • When the body is building new tissue, more proteins are required, so growing children and pregnant lady need more protein.


  • Fats are made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.
  • fats also provide energy.
  • Butter, ghee, milk, egg-yolk, nuts and cooking oils are the major sources of fat in our food.
  • An adult needs about 35 g fat everyday.
  • Our body stores the excess energy in the form of fat.
  • This stored fat is used by the body for producing energy as and when required so fat is considered as energy bank in our body.
  • Fats are essential for the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K in the body.
  • Fat in our body also prevents heat loss from the body surface.


  • Vitamins are complex organic compounds.
  • which are essential for the keeping our body healthy. It does not provide energy.
  • Our body requires vitamins A, C, D, E, K and B-complex.
  • Our body can make only two vitamins, Vitamins D and K so other vitamins must be present in our food.
  • The B complex vitamin is a mixture of several water- soluble vitamins.
  • The important vitamins of this group are the vitamin B1 B2 B3 B4 B6 B9 and B12.


  • Minerals are required by our body in very small quantities.
  • Iron, Iodine, calcium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium are common minerals.
  • The sources of these animals are plants and animals.

Deficiency Diseases

Vitmains/Minerals Deficiency Diseases Symptoms
Vitamin A Night blindness Poor vision, loss of vision in darkness
Vitamin B1 Beriberi Weak muscles, fatigue
Vitamin C Scurvy Bleeding gums,
Vitmain D Rickets Bones become soft and bent
Calcium Osteomalacia Weak bones, tooth decay
Iodine Goitre Swelling in neck
Iron Anaemia General weakness, fatigue

Dietary fiber:

  • its also known as roghage.
  • we cannot digest roughage, so it adds bulk to the faeces.
  • Add bulk to the daily diet and gives a sense of fullness after the meal.
  • It helps in preventing constipation.
  • Salad, vegetables, sprouted grains and fruits are the sources of roughages.

Balanced Diet:

  • The diet which contains adequate amount of different components of food required for the healthy body is called a balanced diet..
  • It should provide the required energy.
  • Deficiency of one or more nutrients in our food for a long time may cause certain diseases or disorders.


  • Fluid intake in the form of water-based drinks is also essential for good health.
  • At least 6-8 glasses of water should be taken everyday.
  • some amount of water is also obtained from fruits and vegetables.
  • Excess loss of waret from the body causes dehydration.
  • Dehydration causes loss of salts and  leads to weaknessin the body.
  • Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) can be given to the patient to recover from dehydration.

Question 1: Mention the major nutrients that are present in our food.


The major nutrients that are in our food:

  • Minerals
  • Water
  • Vitamins
  • Fat
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates


Question 2: Name the following:

  1. Mention the nutrients that provide our body with the required energy.
  2. For growth and the body to be well maintained, what are the nutrients that are required?
  3. To maintain good eyesight, which of the vitamins are required?
  4. To maintain healthy bones in the body, which is the mineral that is required?


  1. Carbohydrates
  2. Proteins
  3. Vitamin A
  4. Calcium


Question 3: Mention any two foods that are rich in:

(1) Fats

(2) Starch

(3) Dietary fiber

(4) Protein


(1) Cheese, Dark Chocolates

(2) Peas, corn.

(3) Split Peas, Black Beans.

(4) Yogurt, eggs.

Question 4: Fill the blanks with appropriate answers:

1) Deficiency of Vitamin D causes ________

2) A disease known as beriberi is caused due to the deficiency of _______

3) _______ is caused due to the deficiency of Vitamin C.

4) Deficiency of _________ in our food causes night blindness.


Deficiency of Vitamin D causes Rickets.

A disease known as beriberi is caused due to the deficiency of Vitamin B1.

Scurvy is caused due to the deficiency of Vitamin C.

Deficiency of Vitamin A in our food causes night blindness.

More Questions:

Question 1: Is it true that the same nutrients are present in all meals?

Answer: No, the same nutrients are not present in all meals

Question 2: Mention why a meal must have food items that are different in their composition.

Answer: A meal must have food items that are different because different kinds of nutrients are required for our body to function properly.

Question 3: Do all foods contain all the required nutrients?

Answer: No, all the nutrients that are required are not present in all types of food.

Question 4: __________ and _________ are the two types of carbohydrates present in our daily food.

Answer: Sucrose and Fiber

Question 5: Define carbohydrates.

Answer: The compounds of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen that provide the required amount of energy for our body are known as carbohydrates.

Question 6: What will happen if three or more drops of iodine solution fall on starch substance?

Answer:There will be a change in the color of substance to blue-black.

Question 7: A food item gives a blue-black color with iodine. What does this tell you about the composition of the food item?

Answer: If any food item gives blue-black color with iodine then, the nutrient that is present in the food is Starch.

Question 8: Mention any two substances that provide carbohydrates.

Answer: The two substances which provide carbohydrates are Potato and Sugar

Question 9: When an oily patch is present on a paper, what do you think is the food nutrient that is present in there?

Answer: The oily patch which appears on paper shows that fat is present.

Question 10: Mention any two nutrients that provide energy.

Answer: the two energy providing nutrients are Carbohydrates and Fats.

Question 11: When a body cell is damaged, what is the nutrient that helps to repair it?

Answer: The nutrient which helps in repairing the damaged body cells is Proteins.

Question 12: _________ and __________ are the two nutrients that provide immunity against diseases.

Answer: Vitamins and Minerals are the two nutrients that protect the body from diseases.

Question 13: Mention any two plant food items in which proteins are provided.

Answer: Dal( pulses) and Soybean are two well-known plant food items which provide proteins.

Question 14: Mention any two protein sources that animals provide.

Answer: Milk and Eggs are two sources of proteins provided by animals.

Question 15: What type of food is also known as body- building food?

Answer:Proteins rich foods are also known as body building foods.

Question 16: Mention any two food items in which fats are abundant.

Answer: Oils and Ghee are two food items that have abundant fat.

Question 17: What are the different types of Vitamins?

Answer: Various types of vitamins are:

  1. Vitamin A,
  2. Vitamin B-complex,
  3. Vitamin C,
  4. Vitamin D,
  5. Vitamin E,
  6. Vitamin K.

Question 18: What is the vitamin that represents a group of other vitamins?

Answer:The Vitamin that represents a group of other vitamins is ‘Vitamin B- complex’

Question 19: Mention any two sources that have Vitamin A.

Answer: Fish-oil and Milk are the two sources of Vitamin A.

Question 20: Mention any two sources that have Vitamin B.

Answer: Liver and Beans are the two sources of Vitamin B.

Question 21: Mention any two sources that have Vitamin C.

Answer: Orange or Lime and Amla are the two sources of Vitamin C.

Question 22: Mention any two sources that have Vitamin D.

Answer: Fish and Butter are sources of Vitamin D.

Question 23: Explain the term roughage.

Answer: The foods containing plant fibers which are also known as dietary fibers are called roughage.

Question 24: What is the main function of roughage?

Answer:Roughage helps in getting rid of the undigested food from our body.

Question 25: Mention the food items in which roughage is present.

Answer:The food items in which roughage is present are:

(a) Whole grains,

(b) Fresh fruits and

(c) Vegetables.



Question 1: What are nutrients? Name the major nutrients.


The components of food which are needed by our body for growth and development are called nutrients. The major nutrients are:

1) Carbohydrates

2) Fats

3) Proteins

4) Vitamins

5) Minerals

Question 2 : What are the functions of carbohydrates?


Carbohydrates have six major functions within the body:

  1. Providing energy and regulation of blood glucose
  2. Sparing the use of proteins for energy
  3. Breakdown of fatty acids and preventing ketosis
  4. Biological recognition processes
  5. Flavor and Sweeteners
  6. Dietary fiber

Question 3: Describe a test for detecting the presence of starch.


  1. Take any food item.
  2. Add 2-3 drops of dilute iodine solution on it.

If there is a change of color to blue-black of the food item then, starch is present.

Question 4: What are the functions of proteins?

Answer: Proteins are the most important set of nutrients. They are also called body-building foods. They help in growth and repair of damaged cells and tissues of the body. They also help our body to fight against infections.

Question 5: How can you test the presence of proteins in a given food item?


  1. Take a small quantity of the food items to be tested.
  2. Put 2-3 drops of iodine solution on it.
  3. Observe the color of the food item.
  4. Blue-black color indicates the presence of starch in the tested food item

Question 6: What are fats? Name some fat-containing substances.

Answer:The energy rich sources of food are called fats. They provide energy to the body. All types of nuts, mustard seeds, milk and butter are the major sources of fat. Like carbohydrates, fats also contain carbon, hydrogen and oxygen but, fats contain lesser oxygen than carbohydrates.

Question 7: Describe atest for detecting the presence of fat.

Answer: Take a small quantity of the food item. Rub it on a piece of white paper. On observing carefully, you will find that the piece of white paper shows an oily patch on it which indicates that the food items contain fat.

Question 8: What are vitamins? Mention the various kinds of vitamins.

Answer: They are protective compounds with no energy value. They help in proper body functioning and are required by the body in very small quantities. Various kinds of vitamins are:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B- complex
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

Question 9: People who eat sea-food do not suffer from Goitre. Explain.

Answer: It is so because sea-food is a rich source of Iodine and Goitre is a deficiency disease caused due to lack of Iodine.

Question 10: Excess intake of fats is harmful to the body because it causes obesity. Would it be harmful to the body if there is too much intake of proteins or vitamins in a diet plan?

Answer: Yes, excess intake of proteins and vitamins in the diet is harmful and may lead to other diseases.

Question 11: Name the vitamins that our body prepares in the presence of sunlight.

Answer: The vitamin that our body prepares in the presence of sunlight is Vitamin D.

Question 12: Name a vitamin that is not present in milk.

Answer: Vitamin C is a vitamin that is not present in milk. The Vitamins that are present in milk are vitamins A, D, E, and K.


Question 13: A patient had stunted growth, swelling on face, discoloration of hair and skin disease. The doctor advised him to eat a lot of pulses, grams, albumin of the egg and milk, etc. What is wrong with the patient? Explain.

Answer: The intake of protein is not enough in his diet and all these symptoms are caused due to the deficiency of proteins.

Question 14: A small child became very thin and lean and later he became so weak that he could not move. Which nutrients should he eat so as to improve his health?

Both Carbohydrates and proteins.

Question 15: What are the functions of minerals?

Answer: Minerals are the natural occurring type of food and are needed by our body in small amounts. Minerals are essential for proper growth of the body and to maintain good health. They do not provide any energy. Milk, salt, eggs and green leafy vegetables are the main sources of minerals.

Question 16: Write the functions of water in our body.

Answer: Water helps our body to absorb nutrients from the food. It also helps in removing the waste from the body in the form or urine and sweat. We get water from various types of liquids, fruits and vegetables.

Question 17: What is obesity?

Answer: When a person eats too much fat containing foods, then the fat gets deposited in his body and he may end up suffering from a condition called obesity.


Question 18:

What are deficiency diseases?

Answer: When a person eats a food continuously for a long time which may not contain a particular nutrient, then this condition is called deficiency of that nutrient. Deficiency of one or more nutrients can cause diseases or disorders in our body. Such types of diseases are known as deficiency diseases.




Question 1:

List various types of nutrients and write the functions of each.

Answer: The various types of nutrients are:

(1) Carbohydrates: They are mainly energy- providing nutrients.

(2) Fats: They provide energy to the body. They give much more energy than carbohydrates if consumed in the same amount.

(3) Proteins: They are called body-building foods. Proteins help in the formation and repairing of body parts. Skin, hair, muscles, enzymes are made up of proteins.

(4) Vitamins: Vitamins help in protecting our body against diseases. They also protect our eyes, bones, teeth and gums.

(5) Minerals: Minerals are essential for proper growth of body and to maintain good health.


Question 2:

What is a balanced diet? Write the components of a balanced diet.

Answer: A diet which provides the right proportion of all the nutrients that our body needs along with roughage and water is called a balanced diet. The various components of a balanced diet are carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, roughage and water.


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