Food Record and Essay
Project: Food Record and Essay
In this unit, you’ve been learning about the different food groups, the nutrients they provide, and the necessity of a “balanced diet”. For this project, you’ll take a look at your own diet and make some evaluations about what you may be doing well and where you might improve. Then you’ll compile that information, do a little research, and then write an essay about what you’ve learned.
•Students will record their diet over a 5 day week
•Students will classify their meals into food groups
•Students will quantify the serving sizes of foods they consume
•Students will evaluate their diets
•Students will research information about different food groups and nutrition
•Students will write a paper combining their research and diet evaluations
•Grains: Foods made from cereal grains including: wheat, rice, oats, corn, barley. Examples include: bread, pasta, oatmeal, or tortillas.
•Vegetables: Food made from various plant products, typically with lower sugar content and higher vitamin/mineral content. Examples include: carrots, celery, leafy greens, onions, potatoes, and peppers.
•Fruits: Food made from various plant products, often containing higher sugar contents and seeds. Examples include: apples, oranges, bananas, and berries
•Proteins: Foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, legumes (beans, peas), seeds, nuts, eggs, and soy products. Examples include beef, chicken, fish, pinto beans, almonds, peanuts, eggs, and tofu.
•Dairy: Products made from milk. Examples include, milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, and calcium-fortified soymilk.
•Oils: Products that include fats or oils, often found in or extracted from plants, fish, or nuts. Fats and Oils are NOT a food group, but are necessary in small amounts for a health diet. Often they are found in small amounts in the main food groups.
•Serving Size: The recommended portion of food to be eaten in a general meal.
Part 1: Tracking Your Diet
The first thing you need to do is start tracking what foods you are eating each day. Use the provided table provided below to help you know what information to provide. Make sure to enter all your information into the table and save it, because you will be turning it in for grading along with your essay.
How to Use the Table:
First, add your name, age, and sex to the top of the table. Then, you will need to find the Daily Recommended Amount for each food group based on your age and sex. We will be using the ChooseMyPlate.gov website to find most of the information you need for the table.
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