Diet analysis project.
Instructions; Collect seven days of food intake, and record the approximate time, a description of the food or beverage youâ€™ve consumed [chicken-fried, milk-1% low fat], and a measured amount. The amount is the tricky part but attempt to be as accurate as you can. The measurement must be in a unit that is a common weight or volume, such as a cup, or ounce, or Â½ pound. Not in units that have not specific meaning such as a bowl or glass or spoon full, or a large amount.
You will need to select three days, one of which should be a weekend day, and prepare to analysis these days. You will need to provide information on the amount of food you consumed. At some point when you are providing a summary of your eating behaviors you will need to comment on the amount you eat as a serving as compared to what the serving size is for that food.
You will then provide the calories you consumed from each food and break down the food for carbohydrate, fat and protein intake. You will also need to provide the intake of certain vitamins and minerals. If you have purchased a book that came with an access code for a web based dietary analysis you may certainly use this program. If you did not get a code with your book, a dietary analysis program will be available to you, such as the one at Mypryamid.gov. You may also use a nutrient composition table accessed on the internet of your choosing. (http://www.choosemy0plate.gov
Compare your three days. Is there a wide variation for daily calories, amount of food or for certain nutrients? Include a comment about this in your summary. You are also to write in your summary about how you think your eating behaviors and your nutrient intake are meeting your nutritional needs and what you might do to improve them. For this section you may use the U.S. Dietary Guidelines provided in the beginning of your text or anything else covered in your book or in class. This is not an assignment that you are to obsess over. There is no way to be 100% accurate so do the best you can at assessing how your diet/nutrition is, and provide some critical and creative thinking on how you might improve it. Have FUN with this!