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-1 Christina Persiani 11-7-07 Diet analysis For nutrition class, we were asked to analyze our normal diets for three days including two weekdays and one weekend. I have always thought of myself as a fairly healthy person, but after analyzing my diet, I learned that I really am not as healthy as I thought I was. I thought I was eating a balanced, moderate, adequate, and varied diet. After recording everything I ate for three days, I realized that I was wrong. I was not completely unhealthy, but I am nowhere as near as healthy as I thought I was. The food guide pyramid gives you certain amounts of foods you should eat daily. On most days, I consumed the right amounts of food and if I did not consume enough one day, I usually made up for it the next day. The one area in which I struggled to eat the recommended daily amount was in the fruits category. Two of the three days, I did not consume any fruits at all the whole day. Fruits are essential to the diet in a sense that they are high in carbohydrates, which give you energy to do daily activities. Another aspect of my diet that took me by surprise was the total fat and calories that I consumed on just the weekend. I consumed almost three times the amount of calories on the weekend than I did on the weekdays. My high calorie intake on the weekend, I believe, is due to all the time that I have. I do not have any classes to be running to and my weekend days usually are longer than my weekdays. I stay up much later on the weekends, which gives me more time to consume fat and calories. The reason I believe that I took in so many calories on Tuesday is due to the fact that Tuesday is one of the days that I workout. I use more energy on this day, which entails me to eat
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more and take in more calories. Consuming a high amount of fat also carries on many health risks as well. High total fat intake contributes to heart disease and some researchers even believe it contributes to certain types of cancers. High amounts of fat also lead to high blood cholesterol levels and weight gain. My fat content comes from all of the foods I ate, but mostly comes from all the greasy pizza and processed foods that I ate. Other nutrients that I saw that were quite high in my diet were protein, carbohydrates, saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, omega 3, omega 6, vitamin C, niacin, folate, phosphorus, iron, selenium, and sodium. Each of these nutrients has different health concerns that occur when too much are consumed. However, there were only a few nutrients that I was over the Tolerable Upper Intake Level on some days. Those nutrients include Niacin, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, and Selenium. One nutrient that I consumed a lot of in my diet was protein. Proteins are large, complex molecules found in the cells of all living things. Proteins contribute to cell growth, repair, and maintenance, act as enzymes and hormones, help maintain electrolyte balance, serve as an energy source, and help to maintain a strong immune system.
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