According to the World Health Organization, “Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Good nutrition – an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity – is a cornerstone of good health. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity. (World Health Organization, 2012) ”
Nothing is more important than following a healthy diet. Eating the wrong foods or not eating enough of the right ones can deprive the body of the essential nutrients it needs to keep working at full power. Maintaining a healthy diet can help boost the immune system, improve concentration, increase energy, maintain a healthy weight, and slow down the effects of aging. Macronutrients are nutrients that provide energy for the body. There are three macronutrients the body needs on a daily basis, carbohydrates, protein, and lipids (fats). Since “macro” means large, the body needs large amounts of macronutrients in order to function properly.
Using the iProfile 3 I recorded my food intake for three days. Using the tools provided on iProfile I was able to generate a report that provided a nutritional break down of all of the foods I ate during that time period. By reviewing this report I am able to get a better sense of my dietary needs and make the necessary changes that will help me achieve a healthy diet and life style.
Below is the breakdown of the foods that provided carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids.
Carbohydrates Proteins Lipids
• Cream cheese
• Hard salami
• Dinner Roll • Cream Cheese
• Hard Salami
• American Cheese • Cream cheese
• American Cheese
According to the Dietary Reference Intake recommendations a healthy adult needs a daily source of protein ranging between 75 to 236 grams, carbohydrates ranging between 338 to 448
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