Classification of foods

  • Based on the functions, foods are grouped into energy-yielding, body-building and protective foods.
  • Nutrients which engage in these activities are known as energy-yielding nutrients, body-building nutrients and protective nutrients.
  • Carbohydrates, fats and proteins release energy on metabolism in our body.
Foods may be broadly classified into 11 groups based on their nutritive value:

The nutritional importance of the different food groups in planning balanced diets is briefly discussed below.
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