read the following links and answer the following questions

Go to the following link and review Chapter 2 Part 1

https://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ucm274593.htm (Links to an external site.)

Product 1 Product 2

Calories 390 230

Total Fat 18 gm 4 gm

Saturated fat 9 gm 2 gm

Trans fats 2 gm 1 gm

Cholesterol 45 mg 15 mg

Sodium 450 mg 880 mg

Total Carbohydrate 38 gm 28 gm

Dietary fiber 4 gm 3 gm

Sugars 12 gm 10 gm

Protein 17 gm 19 gm

Questions

1. What is the percentage of calories from fat for each product? (hint: fat Calories divided by total Calories [fat calories is fat gms x 9])

2. Is this a healthy amount of fat? Explain your answer.

3. Are either of these products considered high sodium? Explain your answer.

4. Which of these products is more healthy? Explain your answer.

Topic 2

My plate is the USDA’s food guide reviewed in Chapter 2. There are many critics, myself included, that feel the USDA’s guidelines are influenced by the food corporations vs. actual healthy guidelines. I have provided a link to an article critiquing the plate as well as some healthy guidelines. My guidelines are as follows:

  • Eat real food
    • Fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Whole grains
    • Small amounts of lean meat, chicken, fish and low fat dairy items
    • Avoid processed foods whenever possible
  • Avoid foods that do not spoil
  • Choose organic when possible
  • Be mindful when eating
  • Stay hydrated (at least 8 glasses of water/day) and Move!!!!!!!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-weil-md/myplate-nutrition-plate_b_871045.html (Links to an external site.)

https://www.drweil.com/press-root/press-releases/dr-weils-anti-inflammatory-food-pyramid-fact-sheet/ (Links to an external site.)

http://oldwayspt.org/resources/heritage-pyramids/mediterranean-pyramid/overview (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthy-eating-plate (Links to an external site.)

  1. Which of the food guides provided most closely matches your diet choices? Why?
  2. Please provide a positive and negative aspect from each of the eating guides provided.
  3. Which guide do you think provides the healthiest recommendations?Why?
  4. Do you think the USDA (this agency is also in charge of creating all of the farming policies in the country in addition to providing nutrition advice) is the best agency to provide health and diet recommendations? Why?