Food: Where Does it Come From? Class 6 Notes - Chapter 1

According to the CBSE Syllabus 2023-24, this chapter has been removed from NCERT Class 6 Science textbook.

Food Variety



The component that we consume, which provides nourishment to the body, is called food. 

E.g., Rice, chapati, curry, fruits, vegetables, cheese, bread, milk, curd, butter, etc. 


The components or materials required to prepare a food item are called ingredients.

For example, different types of vegetables and spices are ingredients for sambar.

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Food Materials and Sources

Food Items

  • We eat different food items every day.
  • Each of these food items requires ingredients to make them.
  • E.g., Chicken curry is made with chicken, spices, oil/ghee and water.

Food Sources

  • The ingredients of a food item can be obtained from either plants or animals.
  • So there are plant products and animal products.
  • E.g., We get rice grains from rice plants.
  • Chicken is an animal source of food.
  • Items like salt and water make a third category.

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Plant Parts and Animal Products as Food

Plant Products

  • The food products that we get from plants are called plant products.
  • For example, ginger is the root of a plant that we use in cooking.

Animal Products

  • The food products that we get from animals are called animal products.
  • For example, Milk, butter, chicken, meat, honey etc.

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Animal and Plant Products 

What Do Animals Eat?

Food Habits

  • The method of eating or choices of food followed by living organisms is called food habit.
  • For example, a rabbit eats grass or plant-based food.


Animals which feed on plants are called herbivores.

  • For example, cow and goat


Animals which feed on other animals are called carnivores.

For example, lion and tiger

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Carnivores and Herbivores


Animals which feed on both plants and other animals are called omnivores.

  • For example, bears. They feed on flesh as well as honey

Learn more about food from the topics given below:

Food: Variety and Sources Nutrients
Components of Food Food Sources – Animal & Plant Products

Frequently Asked Questions on CBSE Class 6 Science Notes Chapter 1 Food: Where Does it Come From?


What is the meaning of plant-based food?

Plant-based eating patterns focus on foods primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes and beans.


What are some of examples of omnivores?

Examples of omnivores include bears, birds, dogs, raccoons, foxes, certain insects and even humans.


What are some of the benefits of consuming animal protein?

1. Lowers risk of diabetics 2. Lowers risk of heart disease 3. Regulates body weight


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