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nutrient and nutritious

AnthonyShuangSuper Member!

United States

Can you explain the differences between these two words, and show me a few examples? Thank you.

06:21 PM Dec 01 2016 |

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Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

Hi Anthony,



These words both refer to the same topic. 



In medical terms, a nutrient can be water, protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins. In other words, a nutrient is something that our bodies need to live. We get most of our nutrients from food. Plants also need nutrients to live, but they get nutrients from soil and sunlight.



Nutrient is a noun. Nutritious is an adjective form of the word. Nutritious food is healthy food, food that provides you with nutrients. Junk food, for example, is not nutritious, because it doesn’t usually have any nutrients.



Here are some examples for you:



- Spinach and carrots are nutritious. Sadly, potato chips are not nutritious.


- Is frozen food as nutritious as fresh food?


- Many people think it costs a lot of money to eat a nutritious diet.


- It’s difficult to grow food when there are no nutrients in the soil.


- In order to live in space, humans will need air, water, heat, and nutrients.


- I like to buy this cat food. It has more nutrients than the other kind.



I hope this helps you understand the difference between nutrient and nutritious!



Best, 


Amy

05:58 PM Dec 02 2016 |

AnthonyShuangSuper Member!

United States

Thank you. Your answer helps me a lot, it’s so helpful. When I ask this question I use “nutrient” as an adjective, now I know the word “nutrient” is commonly used as a noun. I also looked up the dictionary and found “nutrient” is more concrete while “nutrition” as a noun is abstract. Am I correct?

10:32 PM Dec 03 2016 |

Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

Hi Anthony,


You’re most welcome!


Yes, we use nutrient as a noun. We add – ious, a common suffix for adjectives, to turn the word into an adjective.


You’re also correct with nutrient vs. nutrition. Nutrient is specific- it refers to a certain thing like protein, vitamin, etc. Nutrition refers to overall health. For example, we can say, “Good nutrition is very important. If your body lacks certain nutrients, you might get sick.”


Best,


Amy


08:37 PM Dec 04 2016 |

AnthonyShuangSuper Member!

United States

Really appreciate your explaination. crystal clear now

01:32 PM Dec 05 2016 |