DIET ANALYSIS PROJECT Essay

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DIET ANALYSIS PROJECT

1. A) For Grains the target was 7 ounces and the average eaten amount was 5 ounces.
For Vegetables the target was 3 cups and the average eaten amount was 3 cups.
For Fruits the target was 2 cups and the average eaten amount was 2 cups. For Dairy the target was 3 cups and the average eaten amount was 1¾ cups. For Protein Foods the target was 6 ounces and the average eaten was 6½ ounces.
For Oils the target was 6 teaspoon and the average eaten was 4 teaspoons.

B) In the Grains Food Group I did not met the recommended amount.
In the Vegetables Food Group I met the recommended amount.
In the Fruits Food Group I met the recommended amount.
In the Dairy Food Group I did not met the recommended amount.
In the Protein Foods Group I met the recommended amount.

C) I believe the reason to me not meeting some of the recommended amounts for some of the food groups is that I’m a very picky eater. I tend to not eat foods that I don’t like or if there’s something wrong with it, looks different, and if it smells different I just can’t seem to eat it. Another reason to why I might not be getting my recommended amounts is that I usually don’t eat full meals. I usually eat very small portions and then leave everything else. This is a big disadvantage because I’m not getting the recommended amount that I’m suppose to be getting.

D) Some changes that I can make would probably be to cook my food at home and sit down and eat all of my food before leaving the table. Another thing that I could do is instead of pushing food away I should try it and see if I like it or not.

E) For my calorie intake I am consuming to little so I am not meeting my recommended amount. I also am consuming to many empty calories.

F) The reason for this is that I usually eat on the go, which makes me eat less food in hurry. When I usually eat quickly I tend to get fuller faster, so later on in the day I get hungry and I get a snack, which sometimes is a bad snack instead of a good one. Something’s that I could change would probably be to not eat in a hurry or if I do at least eat the things that are important nutrition wise. Another thing that I could do would be to choose healthier snacks rather than choose bad ones.

2. A) For my vitamin and mineral intake I didn’t meet all of my required targets some of those nutrients where calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin D, vitamin E and choline, the rest of the minerals I did meet the recommended amounts.

B) If I continue the way that I am with out these minerals and vitamins there will be some very sever consequences. One of the minerals that I am lacking in is calcium and in the short term my body will maintain calcium levels in the blood by taking it from my bones. But in the long-term, low levels of calcium can cause low bone mass (osteopenia) and can increase the risks of osteoporosis and bone fractures. Low level of potassium can cause skin to become dry, depression, fatigue, and slow reflexes. Long-term effects cause extreme potassium deficiency leads to hypertension and congestive heart failure. I also lacked in iron, which is bad because it can lead to iron deficiency anemia, which means I’m not producing enough hemoglobin that can lead to a loss of energy. Vitamin E was another nutrient that I was…