Design and Technology/Biology KS3: The science behind vitamins and minerals

West End actor Savannah Stevenson illustrates how food full of vitamins and minerals is essential for her health.

We hear about different vitamins and minerals, what foods contain them, and their function in the body.

The importance of a varied diet to give a good supply of minerals like calcium, iron and vitamins A, B and C is emphasised.

Presenter Stefan Gates performs an experiment using red cabbage as an indicator to show how much Vitamin C is in food.

This clip is from the series Gastro Lab.

Teacher Notes

Students can be tasked to find out which foods are rich sources of the main micronutrients (calcium, iron, vitamins A, B, C).

They can look up some recipes that use these rich sources that they can use to create a menu to promote a healthy varied diet.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Biology and Food Technology at Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and 3rd Level in Scotland

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