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Thiamin Deficiency

A Directed Case Study


Author(s)

Preeti Dhar
Chemistry Department
SUNY New Paltz
dharp@newpaltz.edu

Abstract

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.


Objectives

  • 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 Areas

Social issues

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Directed

Language

English

Subject Headings

Biochemistry  |   Nutrition  |  


Date Posted

06/20/03

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