What is food?

Food is what we eat.

We eat food to grow strong and healthy.
Food gives us the energy to work and play.
We get food from plants and animals.

Some of the foods we eat are meat, maize, beans, cabbage, pineapple, potatoes, chicken, milk, and groundnuts.

Meat of a pig is called pork.
Meat of a cow is called beef.
Meat of a sheep is called mutton.

Some foods can be eaten without cooking. These are sweet potatoes, sugarcane and some vegetables e.g. carrots, onions, tomatoes.

Other foods must be cooked before being eaten to make them soft. These are meat, maize, beans, peas, arrow roots, fish and chapatti

Cabbage, tomatoes, capsicum, carrots and onions can be eaten raw or when cooked.

In the morning we take breakfast.
At noon, we take lunch.
In the evening we eat supper.

All fruits must be washed before eating.

Foods that come from plants include bread, chapatti, vegetables (Kale, cabbage, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum), ugali and fruits.

Beef, pork, mutton, chicken, milk, eggs, butter, and ghee are foods from animals.

Other animals also take in food.

Nutrients refer to the components of food that makes the body healthy and able to grow well.

Both animals and plants need nutrients.

Examples of food are:

  • Carrots
  • Coconuts,
  • Chapati,
  • Fish,

There are different types of food in our community.

Examples of food are:

  • Cassava,
  • Meat
  • Bread,
  • Bananas, 

What other examples can you think of?

Some foods are available in our community others are not and we have to buy them.

Which foods are available in your community?

What about foods that you have to buy?

Food can be taken at any time of the day though different people take their food at different times.

Some prefer to eat in the morning, some in the afternoon and others in the evening or at night.

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