Foods get their energy from the sun in a process called photosynthesis. Plants absorb sunlight with their leaves and use it to convert water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and glucose. The glucose is then used by the plant as food. When animals eat plants, they are consuming the glucose that the plant has produced.
Other related questions:
Q: How does the sun affect our food?
A: The sun affects our food in a few different ways. First, the sun provides the energy that helps plants grow. Without the sun, there would be no plants, and no food for us to eat. Second, the sun can help to preserve food. For example, fruits and vegetables that are exposed to the sun will often ripen more slowly than those that are not. This can help to keep them fresh for longer. Finally, the sun can also affect the taste of our food. For example, food that is cooked in the sun often has a different flavor than food that is cooked indoors.
Q: What gets energy from the sun?
A: Photosynthesis is a process that uses the energy from the sun to convert carbon dioxide and water into glucose (a type of sugar).
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