Monday, 19 March 2018

Food for thought

We were luck enough to have Mikaela, from the Heart Foundation, visit us to teach us about what foods are going to look after our bodies as we grow up.

We learned about Food Groups. Everyday & Occassional foods. We talked about nutrients - the stuff inside the food that makes it good for us.

The stomach looks like a crossaint. 
The intestine, if we unravelled it, would be 7m long. Fibre helps clean out our intestine & helps us go to the toilet. It also keeps our stomach full. Breads have carbohydrates too. We need carbohydrates to give us energy.

We need to eat 5+ servings of fruit and vegetables a day. In Australia, they aim for 10+ a day!

The nutrients we get from fruit and vegetables are vitamins and minerals. We also get fibre from them. Vitamin C helps keep away colds and stops us from getting sick. Oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits give us vitamin C.

We worked groups to sort foods into their categories. We had to decide how many serveds we should have and which nutrients go with each.
Calcium and protein is in milk and dairy products. Calcium makes your teeth and bones strong. Protein keeps your muscles strong. 

Protein rich food is also lean meat, chicken, fish, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, lentils & tofu. Iron is also in this group. 

There are fats that help our body and others that really don't! -like the fat from our fish & chips. Some foods fit underneath the categories but are occassional foods. A little bit of salt is good for us, but too much makes our heart struggle to pump our blood through the body. 

We talked about preservatives that are in food to make it last longer than it should.


  1. Kia ora Te Rōpū Manawaroa,
    Thanks for sharing your learning about Food for Thought, it is certainly food for thought! I try really hard not to eat preservatives and to eat lots of whole foods (not from packets). You are right about good fats and bad fats - fats in fish and chips make me feel a little bit queasy but I do like eating the fats in avocados. Have any of you shared your learning with your whānau? Have any of you made any changes to the way you eat after Mikaela came to visit? I would love to hear if you have.
    Ngā mihi nui

  2. Hello
    My name is Fatima. My school is Owairaka primary school. I know that some of you guys went on our class blog and commented on our posts. I like how you guys were learning about what food could make your body grow strong. If you guys want to check my blog here is the link well that's it for today

    Blog ya later!

  3. Hi is Isaac from yaldhurst model school I like the way that you have given us a lot of information about all of your work and i hope you had fun doing it because in my school we have been doing sameting like that bye

    1. Hi Isaac, I tried to click on your name/URL link to your own blog, but it didn't work... I was trying to see if it was the same Isaac I already know ;-)
      We had a ot of fun learning about Food For Thought. It was really interesting to find out how different types of foods effect different parts of our body. - It would certainly help keep that body ready to go for rugby season!


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