Chemistry

Choose a pair of nutrients (one mineral and one vitamin) that works together in the body and then answer the following questions:

  • What is a common deficiency disorder of these nutrients? What diet and/or lifestyle factors contribute to risk of deficiency?
  • What diet recommendations could you make to a patient with this deficiency disorder?

For the vitamin you chose, suppose that it is likely to reach toxic levels in the body from excessive supplementation and then answer the following questions:

  • What are the risks of toxicity? What is the solubility of your vitamin choice?

How can the level of the vitamin that you chose be measured in the body?

Organic Foods
Organic foods were once found only in specialty grocery stores, but they are now widely available in specialty and conventional grocery stores alike. In fact, the organic food market, which was at $1 billion in 1990, has grown to a staggering $286 billion market in 2010 (Organic Trade Association, 2011).

Clearly the popularity of organic foods has skyrocketed over the past few decades, but the debate remains as to whether organic foods are worth the often-higher price in comparison with conventional foods. With this in mind, along with outside research, answer the following questions.

What does the label of “organic” mean? What types of foods can be produced organically? Do organic foods carry any special risks for interactions with medications?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of consuming organic food? Is organic food healthier than conventional food? Why or why not?
Do you choose to purchase and consume organic food? Why or why not?
If organic food was not more expensive than conventional food, would you choose to consume it in lieu of conventional food?
Reference:
Organic Trade Association. (2011). Industry Statistics and Projected Growth.
Retrieved from http://www.ota.com/organic/mt/business.html

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