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

West End actor Savannah Stevenson illustrates how foods full of vitamins and minerals are essential for her health. Meanwhile, Stefan Gates uses red cabbage to show how much vitamin C is in food.

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.

This short film is from the BBC series, Gastro Lab.

Teacher Notes

You could challenge your students to find out which foods are rich sources of the main micronutrients (calcium, iron, vitamins A, B, C).

They could 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 short film is relevant for teaching biology and food technology at Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and 3rd Level in Scotland

More from Gastro Lab:

The science behind carbohydrates
The science behind dietary fibre
The science behind fat
The science behind hydration
The science behind protein