August 23, 2012
After completing the three day food intake assignment in iProfile, I am more aware of what foods I consume. The foods that one intake directly effects one’s health either short term, long term, or both. Being more aware of the types of foods you eat and ensuring a healthy balanced diet are ways to improve health. Completing this assignment allowed a closer view at recorded intake, macronutrient ranges, fiber intake ranges, and possible dietary modifications.
The foods recorded in my daily intake that provided protein were fried chicken, ham, ground beef, milk with added protein, and a protein shake. Foods providing carbohydrates that were consumed are spaghetti noodles, Kellogg’s NutriGrain Cereal Bars, tortilla chips, and yogurt. Foods that provided lipids were blue cheese salad dressing, fried chicken, red beans and rice, potato chips, and biscuits. The majority of protein consumed was complete proteins. This protein type includes all essential amino acids. If the majority of protein consumed were of the incomplete type, it would be very important to combine incomplete complementary proteins to ensure all amino acids are received for optimal bodily functions. When compared to the recommendations of the dietary reference intake (DRI), my recorded protein, carbohydrate, and lipid intake were all below the recommended range. In efforts to achieve my goal and keep nutrients in balance I should consume more meats and nuts for an increase in protein, consume more complex carbohydrates such as pasta, and increase the amount of healthy fats I consume. I only consumed a little more than half of my DRI for carbohydrates. The amount of protein and lipids that I consumed were significantly low when compared to DRI. Viewing these numbers causes concern that I am not eating a sufficient amount of macronutrients and my diet is poorly balanced.
Macronutrient intake within the recommend range is...