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Dietary Analysis Nutrition-HPE 332 By: Courtney Greer
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Nutritional analysis of my diet has definitely made me realize all the good and bad things about what I am putting into my body. Know one really thinks about the nutritional importance of the foods they eat until something happens to you to make you realize maybe I should change my diet. The main importance in a healthy diet is eating the foods with nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to function. After seeing the results of my weekly analysis I saw what is good about my diet and what I need to work on. My food intake was based on a 2159 calorie diet and daily recommended intake based on the USDA food pyramid. One of my highest percentages in my pyramid was vegetables at 100%. Brown stated that above-average intakes of vegetables may delay or prevent the development of cancer, heart disease, and stoke and the formation of cataracts (Brown 31-5). Fruits and vegetable have antioxidants in them that repair damaged DNA, which is the initiation of types of cancer. Also phytochemicals help prevent cancers by protecting cells from damage due to oxidations and by inhibiting the multiplication of abnormal cells. Cruciferous vegetables such as, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts, all are known to help in the prevention of lung, bladder, stomach, and prostate cancer (22-5). So that fact that I reached the goal of recommended amount definitely makes my diet healthier and less at risk of chronic diseases at some extent. Meats and beans were the highest percentile at 107 %. This surprised me because I’m not exactly a meat lover well at least not the healthy lean meat. Fish (especially tuna) and nuts are too of my favorite things from this group and they both contain healthy oils. Getting a good source of meat is important mainly because it is a good source of protein. The average intake of protein in the United State is 75 grams a day exceeding the RDA.
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The RDA for men is 56 grams and or women 46 grams (Brown 15-7). Proteins help repair body tissues and replace body tissues damaged by illness or injury (15-4). The negatives of meats are they are usually high in fat and low in fiber. Especially the processed meats or ones covered in fatty skin, which are usually the types of meat I only eat. High-protein diets have been implicated in the development of weak bones, kidney stones, cancer, heart disease, and obesity. Consumption of 45% of total calories from protein is considered to high. This isn’t considerably a problem for me because my protein content isn’t anywhere near that. The National Academy of Sciences has concluded that the risk of such disorders does not appear to be increased among individuals consuming 10-35% of total calories of protein, the averages for a adult is consuming 15% (15-9). However to add variety to my diet I should cut back on some tuna and try new things like tofu, shrimp, haddock, cottage cheese, rice, or macaroni to get my protein source (15-7). Grains are under the goal for a recommended intake at a 78%.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HPE 332 taught by Professor Jenwegmann during the Fall '07 term at Binghamton.

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