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Nutrition

Fast Food Menu Analysis

The healthy meal option I have created is from the popular fast food restaurant Wendy’s. The meal is comprised of a mandarin fruit cup, a grilled chicken sandwich (the Ultimate Chicken Grill), a side salad (Wendy’s side salad with fat free french dressing, and a bottle of water. The mandarin fruit cup has 80 calories, no fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 17 grams of sugars and 1 gram of protein. The Ultimate Chicken Grill sandwich has 400 calories, 10 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 43 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar and 34 grams of protein. The side salad only has 35 calories, no fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. The dressing contains 80 calories, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 16 grams of sugar and no fat. The total calorie content for the meal is 595, with 10 grams of fat and 36 grams of protein. This meal covers all of the food groups while maintaining a low total caloric value, no saturated fats, and a high amount of protein. This is a healthy meal for anyone and a good choice when eating at fast food restaurants.

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Nutrition

Splenda

The product Splenda is an artificial sweetener, of which the main component is sucralose. Splenda is owned byTate & Lyle, a British company and Johnson & Johnson, an American company. Sucralose is a substance that was first discovered in 1976 by scientists working for Tate & Lyle. The researchers were initially studying sucrose and analyzing its uses and its other artificial derivatives. One of the researchers was asked to test a compound of sugar that was chlorinated.  The researcher thought he was asked to taste it, which he did and from there, found the substance to be remarkably sweet (Gratzer, 2002). The substance has since been patented by Tate and Lyle in the same year and is now used as an artificial sweetening agent.

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Nutrition

The Master Cleanse

The Master Cleanse diet is a fad diet that started in the 1940s and is a liquid based diet that has been scientifically proven to shed weight fast and detox the body of impurities (Olaski, 2008). Invented by Stanley Burroughs, this detox diet is based around a lemonade drink mixed with maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper (Ferland, 2010). The idea of the Master Cleanse is for the dieter to drink the concoction whenever he or she is hungry- the combination of the ingredients are said to help speed up the metabolism, increase energy, decrease hunger and detox the body of impurities.

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Nutrition

Menu for 20 People

In preparing a menu for a larger group of people, it is important to consider if there are any dietary restrictions or other requirements for the event in question. For a picnic, it is important to recognize the need to utilize methods of food transport that will be effective in preserving the freshness and integrity of the food items. Therefore, the proposed menu will include a variety of foods that are ideal for outdoor picnics that are easy to transport and to pack up when the picnic is over.

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Nutrition

Interview about eating habits

A female friend named CJ offered information regarding her regular eating habits. She addressed the importance of variety in her diet and that she was trying to become healthier and wanted to learn about nutritional food choices. Currently, she believes that she drinks too much soda and eats too many sweets and not enough fruits and vegetables. She rarely eats red meat but does consume chicken, pork, and fish. She stated that she would like to lose around 25 pounds to reach her ideal goal weight and become more active on a regular basis. She currently walks 2 miles per day 2-3 days per week. In order to accomplish these objectives, she must consume foods with lower calories and fat and greater nutritional value on a daily basis and expand her exercise routine.

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Nutrition

Diet Analysis

The South Beach Diet is a diet program and plan that emphasizes quick weight loss and the reduction of cravings in the first phase, goal weight optimization in the second phase, and maintenance of weight loss goals in the third phase (South Beach Diet). This diet has a number of strengths, including the ability to lose weight quickly in the first phase, followed by a comprehensive maintenance plan that includes recipes and other suggestions for food consumption. At the same time, this diet only allows minimal carbohydrates during the first phase, which may lead to blood sugar imbalances after a period of time. A diet that promotes no or very limited carbohydrates is challenging because after this phase is over and carbohydrates are returned to the diet, it becomes very difficult to maintain the same level of weight loss, and during the maintenance phase (Phase 3), weight gain may occur when regular foods are eaten, even in healthier versions.

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Nutrition

Food Storage Techniques

In order to preserve food products for as long as possible, it is important to follow a number of basic techniques that will enable food to be used in its freshest form to optimize its nutrients and flavor. For example, the following techniques are recommended to preserve food in its original form for as long as possible: 1) canning some fruits and vegetables using the proper techniques to preserve flavor and remove enzymes and the potential for bacterial growth (NCHFP); 2) maintain fish and poultry in very cold temperatures (Earth911); 3) keep fruits and vegetables separate (Earth911); 4) Do not put all vegetables in the refrigerator (Earth911); 5)  Rinse berries with a small amount of vinegar prior to refrigeration (Huffington Post); 6) Do not keep fruits and vegetables in airtight containers for too long (Huffington Post); 7) Keep fruits and vegetables fresh with the proper amount of humidity (Huffington Post); 8) Put soggy veggies in ice water to refresh their crunch (Huffington Post); 9) Keep potatoes outside of the refrigerator (Huffington Post); and 10) freeze herbs in Ziploc bags (Huffington Post). Each of these techniques is likely to keep foods fresher for longer and are a cost-effective means of improving the nutritional value for these food products.

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Nutrition

Peer Meal Plan Critique

Christian

The meal plan offered by Christian represents an opportunity to explore the different elements of a vegetarian diet. For example, this diet represents a means of creating variety while also conforming to specific restrictions regarding the vegetarian lifestyle. In particular, the lacto-ovo vegetarian diet is diverse and includes dairy as well as different texturally unique items, such as peanuts and vegetables, while also including protein sources such as tofu. With the vegan diet example, the inclusion of soy milk and tofu are appropriate to obtain additional protein, as well as different carbohydrates with whole wheat varieties. The inclusion of fruit items and various vegetables is also appropriate for a vegan dieter with this profile.

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Lab: Final Report on Nutrition

Introduction/Purpose/Statement of Problem

Creating a food log provides a number of important benefits to its users and reflects the willingness of individuals to make a commitment to healthier eating. This process is designed to allow individuals to review what they have eaten and to consider other alternatives if their food choices are not appropriate. These efforts also provide users with an opportunity to review caloric intake and other nutritional needs effectively. It is important to create a food log as a means of evaluating the diet, making a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, and becoming wiser regarding nutritional choices to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

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Nutrition

Recipe Adaptation

The recipe to be evaluated is baked macaroni and cheese. This original recipe includes the following ingredients: butter, chopped onion, dry mustard, black pepper, flour, whole milk, salt, elbow macaroni, full fat sharp cheddar cheese, and full fat American cheese. The original recipe is baked in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. This recipe has the following nutrition information:

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Keywords Used and Agency Tool

In performing the required search, the terms “menu planning” and “USDA” were used. These terms brought me to a website known as www.choosemyplate.gov, which is a comprehensive tool sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture to assist with food tracking, meal planning, and general nutrition. The website has a link to the SuperTracker, a food tracking tool that enables users to develop personalized meal and physical activity plans to meet their specific needs (USDA). This tool has several subsections, including the ability to look up specific foods for nutritional content, a food tracker to record all foods consumed on a daily basis, and a physical activity tracker to track any form of physical activity performed on a given day (USDA). Furthermore, the website provides a weight management tool and individualized reports to determine the level of progress that has been made (USDA). These tools provide a number of insights into food management to achieve nutritional and physical activity objectives.

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Nutrition

How carbohydrates, lipids, and protein are involved in the average American diet ?

Introduction

A balanced diet requires a balanced approach in order to obtain the appropriate amounts of all recommended nutrients. In particular, carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins are essential components of the average diet and should be consumed according to recommended guidelines. Each of these nutrients is important in performing one or more roles to achieve energy output, build muscle, and regulate the function of many body systems, amongst other roles. These nutrients are found in many different types of food at different levels. It is important and necessary to establish a healthy diet with these nutrients to achieve optimal energy, overall health, and wellbeing.

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Nutrition

The most significant influences on the diets of children and the most important factors in planning menus for children

Introduction

In today’s society, childhood nutrition is challenging and requires significant attention and consideration. Parents, teachers, physicians, nutritionists, and other experts must develop methods to better manage nutritional needs for children in schools and in the home environment. Many outside influences have had a critical impact on children’s nutrition, including the media, websites, fast food restaurants, and peer groups. Furthermore, the types of food choices that are available and are prominent in the minds of children are often less than nutritious, such as processed foods. It is imperative to consider the different elements of this problem and how to alleviate some of these concerns and improve nutritional outcomes for young children so that their health and wellbeing are improved over time.

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Psychology

Physichological Impact of Nutrition and Amino Acids and Anxiety Disorders

Merriam-Webster defines anxiety as “an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs” (anxiety). The physiological signs associated with anxiety include increased pulse rate, tension and sweating. In addition, anxiety is a response to a perceived danger in a person’s mind and not an actual danger. The person also has doubt about his or her ability to cope which causes undue stress. When anxiety is persistent and chronic, it is called anxiety disorder.