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Lesson overview:How can we ensure that a meal has the correct balance of nutritional value for the body?

  • the importance of energy balance and the implications of dietary excess or deficiency, e.g. malnutrition, maintenance of a healthy weight
  • how to use nutrition information and allergy advice panels on food labels to help make informed food choices
  • the principles of cleaning, preventing cross contamination, chilling, cooking food thoroughly and reheating food until it is steaming hot
  • how to compare the cost of food when planning to eat out or cook at home
  • the importance of energy balance and the implications of dietary excess or deficiency, e.g. malnutrition, maintenance of a healthy weight
  • how to use nutrition information and allergy advice panels on food labels to help make informed food choices
  • the principles of cleaning, preventing cross contamination, chilling, cooking food thoroughly and reheating food until it is steaming hot
  • how to compare the cost of food when planning to eat out or cook at home

Equipment Required

Frozen/chilled ready meals (or packaging for analysis). Variety of food stuffs and food equipment.

Content guidance

Equipment requiring safe usage.

Supervision Level

Adult supervision recommended.