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A balanced diet is a necessity if one wants to lead a healthy life which involves different carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, fats and so on. But it is also essential to know that your balanced diet is maintained. It is important to know where they come from so that we can understand the different nutrients provided by that particular item of food. 

The sources of food are divided into two major groups, plants and animals and their related products.

Food From Plants

Plants are a source of a wide variety of nutrients required to keep the human body in perfect working condition. Humans get everything from fruits, flowers, even the stem of some plants, leaves and stem-like lettuce, celery, roots of some plants like carrots, beetroot, and seeds like wheat, rice, etc. All the food that is consumed comes from plants, even the animals depend on plants. Hence, it can be concluded that we obtain food from plants directly or indirectly. The reason one is advised to consume fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is that it is a source of rich nutrients. 

Vegetables, coffee, cereals, pulses, fruits, sugar, spices, oil, etc. can be obtained from plants. Let's have a look at the different types of plants food source - 

Vegetables

Vegetables are obtained from the plants. Some nutrient-rich vegetables such as beetroot, turnip, spinach, cauliflower, etc. are obtained from plants. Roots, leaves, and stems of some plants are edible.

Roots

Radish, turnip, carrot, beetroot are some of the roots that are eaten as vegetables.

Stem

Potato and ginger are the stems that are eaten as vegetables.

Leaves

Spinach, cabbage, lettuce are the leaves eaten as vegetables.

Flowers

Broccoli and cauliflower are the flowers eaten in the form of vegetables.

Fruits

Fruits are a perfect example of a healthy source from plants. We get fruits like orange, mango, apple and other fruits consumed by humans. 

Cereals

Cereals include rice, wheat, maize, jowar, barley, etc. These are a rich source of nutrients provided by the plants.

Tea, Coffee

Coffee and tea are widely grown in the southern parts of India. These are also obtained from the plants. Not just these, sugar is also obtained from the plants. It is processed from the sugarcane plant.

Oil

Oil can be extracted from the seeds and leaves of the plants. Some of the plants producing oil are castor, mustard, and sunflower.

Spices

Cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, clove, cumin seeds, and ginger are obtained from the plants and used for cooking purposes.

Food From Animals

Human beings use the animal products as a protein source directly or indirectly. Eggs, meats, milk and other products are directly used from the animals. 

Animal products are a rich source of nutrients. The food chain is made up of exactly these animals starting with organisms that use the energy of the sun to the end by which the organisms are predators and rely on producers.

 Let's have a look at the different types of animal products consumed for their nutritional benefits - 

Milk

Cows, buffaloes, sheep, goat, and camels are a great source of milk. Milk is also called as an ideal food. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

Eggs

Chickens, ducks, geese, and quails are raised for eggs and meat. The egg is a rich source of protein and vitamin. The yolk of the egg is mostly made up of egg. It also contains vitamins, phosphorus, calcium and iron.

Meat

Meat is of two types- red meat and white meat.

The meat of cow, goat, sheep and pigs has a lot of fat and is called red meat. White meat contains less fat and is obtained from chicken and fish. White meat is healthier and can be easily digested as compared to the red meat. Meat is rich in proteins, vitamins, zinc, phosphorus and iron.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What are Food Sources? 

Ans - The major source of food are plants and animals. 

Q2. What are the Sources of Food Human Beings Get from Plants? 

Ans -

Vegetables

Vegetables are obtained from the plants. Some nutrient-rich vegetables such as beetroot, turnip, spinach, cauliflower, etc. are obtained from plants. Roots, leaves, and stems of some plants are edible. 


Roots

Radish, turnip, carrot, beetroot are some of the roots that are eaten as vegetables.


Stem

Potato and ginger are the stems that are eaten as vegetables.


Leaves

Spinach, cabbage, lettuce are the leaves eaten as vegetables.


Flowers

Broccoli and cauliflower are the flowers eaten in the form of vegetables.


Fruits

Fruits are a perfect example of a healthy source from plants. We get fruits like orange, mango, apple and other fruits consumed by humans. 


Cereals

Cereals include rice, wheat, maize, jowar, barley, etc. These are a rich source of nutrients provided by the plants.


Tea, Coffee

Coffee and tea are widely grown in the southern parts of India. These are also obtained from the plants. Not just these, sugar is also obtained from the plants. It is processed from the sugarcane plant.


Oil

Oil can be extracted from the seeds and leaves of the plants. Some of the plants producing oil are castor, mustard, and sunflower.


Spices

Cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, clove, cumin seeds, and ginger are obtained from the plants and used for cooking purposes. 

Q3. What are the Food Sources we get from Animals?  

Ans - Some of the food sources we get from animals are - 

Human beings use the animal products as a protein source directly or indirectly. Eggs, meats, milk and other products are directly used from the animals. 

Animal products are a rich source of nutrients. The food chain is made up of exactly these animals starting with organisms that use the energy of the sun to the end by which the organisms are predators and rely on producers.

Let's have a look at the different types of animal products consumed for their nutritional benefits - 


Milk

Cows, buffaloes, sheep, goat, and camels are a great source of milk. Milk is also called as an ideal food. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.


Eggs

Chickens, ducks, geese, and quails are raised for eggs and meat. The egg is a rich source of protein and vitamin. The yolk of the egg is mostly made up of egg. It also contains vitamins, phosphorus, calcium and iron.


Meat

Meat is of two types- Red meat and White meat.

The meat of cow, goat, sheep and pigs has a lot of fat and is called red meat. White meat contains less fat and is obtained from chicken and fish. White meat is healthier and can be easily digested as compared to the red meat. Meat is rich in proteins, vitamins, zinc, phosphorus and iron.