Dietary Analysis determine your nutrition status

Assignment: To determine your nutrition status you are asked to keep track of your diet for three days. You can track more than this if you would like a deeper analysis. You are then going to compare your intake to the recommendations called Dietary Reference Intakes or DRIs. H
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Towson University
McFadden
Dietary Analysis and Written Reflection (Paper)
Using Choosemyplate.gov
You can use another tracker if you are currently tracking your food intake—see note below
Due Dates: You can begin this dietary recall anytime and track your food intake for as long as
you wish. The assignment calls for a three-day recall. Of course, the longer the recall, the more
accurate of a dietary picture you will get. Recall occurs during Week One starting on 1/3.
Reflection paper due by Sunday 1/8 at 11:59 p.m.
Assignment: To determine your nutrition status you are asked to keep track of your diet for three
days. You can track more than this if you would like a deeper analysis. You are then going to
compare your intake to the recommendations called Dietary Reference Intakes or DRIs. Here is
the link to the site. If it won’t open for you in our site, simply type this address into the URL box.
https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/default.aspx
Once you set up a brief profile, click on Assess my Food Intake and then on Proceed to Food
Intake to begin adding your foods.
You will recall all the foods and beverages you consume during three days. Be sure to accurately
estimate the quantities of each food. Enter all the foods and beverages as best you can into the
tracker.
A copy of DRI, dietary reference intake, or what is recommended for your age, sex, and weight
appropriate for your age and gender accompanies this intake, and this is what you will compare
your intake to. You are comparing what you actually eat to what is recommended for you to be
eating. It is not necessary to meet 100% of each DRI every day. Your finished reflection be a
comparison of your intakes to the recommendations. While the pie charts and graphs are
meaningful to you, you are using the results of the comparison between the DRI and YOUR
intakes for your summary.
To find the DRI in the tracker, see the sample below.
Include some of the following into your reflection:
General Nutrition:
Comparing to your DRI, do your intakes meet recommendations for macronutrient—carbs, fats,
proteins? Which groups are you consistently high or low in?
Do you meet the requirements for fiber intake—what is your daily intake in grams? How much
water do you consume in a day?
Macronutrients:
How many grams of carbs do you consume daily? How does this compare to your daily
recommended intake?
Which foods do you think contained the highest amounts of carbs?
How many grams of fats were consumed for each day? How many grams of saturated fat and
cholesterol did you consume? What three foods contained the highest levels of fat?
How many grams of protein do you consume daily? If you are over, why do you think this is so?
What three foods provided the highest amount of protein?
Micronutrients
Compare your intake of the following to your recommended DRI values:
Sodium
Potassium
Vitamins A, E, C (antioxidants)
Calcium
B vitamins
Folate
Iron
Zinc
You DO NOT need to discuss these all separately—just give an overview of how you are doing
in general. If you are glaringly high or glaringly low in a specific nutrient, you may want to
discuss that, but this is an overall assessment.
Are you high in certain nutrients? Low in certain nutrients? How do you feel about the results of
your analysis?
Your analysis (Reflection) paper is due by Sunday 1/8 by 11:59 p.m. You will save your food
logs as a word document. Include your logs with your written summary.
If you already use a program—MyFitnessPal, or another food tracker—that’s fine too. Just be
sure to include those logs. If you use your phone without an account, you may need to create an
account so you can save from the website to upload to Bb.
SEE BELOW for Tracker Use Instructions
To find your DRI on this site, after you have entered your food and beverages, click on the
second tab under the word Graph. It is hard to see on this shot, but you will see that it says
Nutrient Intake Report. Compare your values shown there to the column of recommended values
to write your paper.

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