Robins have been learning all about nutrition. As humans, we require minerals and vitamins so that our bodies work properly.
They are important because they boost the immune system, aid in growth and development and assist in organ and cell function. Minerals and vitamins come from the food that we eat.
Vitamins are organic substances that are either fat soluble (A, D, E and K) or water soluble (C, B, riboflavin, niacin and folate). Fat soluble vitamins are stored in the body whilst water soluble vitamins need to dissolve in water before they can enter the body. One really important vitamin is vitamin K. Vitamin K is found in green and leafy vegetables such as broccoli and kale. It is important in blood clotting. Vitamin B12 is important in the manufacturing of red blood cells. This type of vitamin is found mainly in red meats, eggs, milk and other dairy foods.
Minerals are inorganic elements that are found in soil and water. These are absorbed by plants and later eaten by animals.