Food Intake-3 days summary
Food Intake-3 days summary
The food choices that we make daily contribute to how we feel today and in the future. Maintaining healthy eating habits are a very important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Good nutrition combined with being physically active can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as like heart disease and cancer, and promote your overall health. In this summary the writer will address several points that were indicated though a food journal that was recorded for 3 days.
Protein, Carbohydrates, and Lipids
Carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins make up the three macronutrients that provide ...view middle of the document...
My diet contained a number of complete proteins which are found in foods such as meat, fish, cheese, yogurt, and milk. This is important because this ensures that my body is getting the needed amino acids it required for optimal bodily functions. Proteins, carbs, and lipids are all very important to the essential functions in the human body.
Macronutrient Intake Ranges
According to the dietary reference intake recommendations my intake for protein, carbs, and lipids were all below the recommended range. In order to balance these averages I should add foods that contain these macronutrients. The averages were not off by large amounts so I would probably take foods that were not extremely rich in these nutrients so that I can have just enough not too far over the amount needed. I was not surprised by my intake amounts because I have recently taken on watching my calories and intake very carefully.
Without adequate carbohydrates, one may feel fatigued and weak. Carbohydrates deficiency can deprive the kidneys, brain and heart the energy they need to function. Without including adequate fat in your diet, you might experience dry skin and hair. A fat deficiency in your diet may also cause you to be hungry more often due to the fact that fat takes longer to process throughout the digestive system than either protein or carbs. Experiencing a protein deficiency is rare in the United States, but it can cause decreased muscle mass, diarrhea, failure to thrive, diminished immunity, a protruding belly and fatigue. A severe deficiency in any of these nutrients continued over a long period of time can compromise your growth, energy levels, and eventually your ability to survive.
Fiber Intake Ranges
Fiber is the part of plant foods that our body can’t digest or absorb. Although our body is unable to digest fiber it is helpful to our body in many ways. Fiber is found in foods such as fruits, beans, peas, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. According to Wendy Wells, naturopathic physician, including fiber in your diet does increase the immune system in your digestive system, nourishes the probiotic bacteria in your gut, keeps the digestive lining healthy and absorbs and pulls out excess hormones, cholesterol, fat and toxins from the body. Having an insufficient fiber intake can increase your risk of developing colon...