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Thiamin Deficiency

A Directed Case Study


Preeti Dhar
Chemistry Department
SUNY New Paltz


In this directed case study developed for a biochemistry class, students read about the differences in the dietary preferences and practices for preparing and consuming rice among the three major communities of Malaysia, the local Malays and the immigrant Tamils and Chinese. They then answer a series of close-ended questions about the causes and consequences of thiamin deficiency.

  • Stimulate students' interest in biochemistry.
  • Illustrate biochemistry as a means of linking metabolism and health.
  • Create awareness of the importance of vitamins in our diet.
  • Acquaint students with the basics of carbohydrate metabolism.
Keywords: Thiamin; carbohydrate metabolism; beri-beri; enriched rice; vitamin B12
Topical Area: Social issues
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Directed
Language: English
Subject Headings: Biochemistry   Nutrition  
Date Posted: 06/20/03
Date Modified: N/A
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