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Unit I Homework
In Chapters 3 and 4 of the textbook, you learned that the body needs various macro and micronutrients in
order to function properly. You also learned about cellular metabolism and what the human body uses as
a fuel source. This all seems simple at first glance; however, it can be difficult to determine whether we
are getting what our body needs. Even when we know what our body needs, it becomes even more
difficult to make sure we are supplying our body with those needs. The car you drive probably requires
gasoline in order to function properly. When you need to go somewhere, you make sure you have enough
gasoline in the tank to reach your destination. If you do not, you probably stop at a gas station and fill your
car?s tank with gas. You do not pour cola in the tank or jelly donuts; you put gas because that is what it
needs. Why do we put cola and jelly donuts in our bodies when we do not need them? Often, it is difficult
to determine what is in the foods that we eat. Sometimes it is hard to determine if the food contains the
correct nutrients or processed foods that our body does not need. This lab exercise will help you learn
how to read nutritional labels and determine what your body needs to function properly.
Analyze nutritional information based on what the body needs to function properly.
Calculate BMI and learn about caloric balance.
You will not need any extra materials other than your textbook and your computer (with internet access) to
complete this lab.
Type or paste all answers directly on this data sheet.
Use the following nutritional label and answer the questions that follow. You may use your
textbook as a resource when comparing the two products.
Select Save As, and save this document using your last name and student ID as the file name.
Upload the data sheet as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file when you are finished.
Milk, potato, vegetable
oil, salt, sugar,
processed wheat flour
Water, nonfat milk,
whole corn, vegetable
oil, whole wheat flour,
rice flour, whole oat
Questions 1 ? 5 are short answer questions. Answer each question in the space provided. Question 6 is a
short essay. Total: 40 points
1. Which product contains the most total calories? (6 points)
2. Which product contains the largest serving size? (6 points)
3. Which product contains the largest amount of calories per serving? (6 points)
4. Which product contains the most nutrients that are not as healthy for the body in large amounts?
5. Which product is a healthier choice? (6 points)
6. Explain why you picked the product that you did in question 5. Your answer should be in
paragraph format and should be at least 100 words in length. Type your answer directly below.
Determine your BMI
The point of this exercise is for the student to become familiar with his or her own score using a very
common biometric indicator. Conduct the exercise using your own data. However, if you do not wish to
disclose your own data, then conduct it again with reasonable fictitious data and report that.
Questions 1?4 below are short answer questions. Answer each question in the space provided. Total: 20
1. What is your height?
in What is your weight?
Go to: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ then click on ONLINE TOOLS in the menu and select BMI
CALCULATOR from the drop down menu. Follow the links to the calculator tool hosted by the CDC.gov
website. Enter the information to determine your BMI (or use the fictitious data) by clicking the link to the
Adult BMI Calculator.
Type the information from above into the appropriate spaces and then click: Calculate BMI.
2. What is your BMI? What recommendations are listed? (5 points)
On the left menu click on: Finding a Balance.
3. What is the caloric balance equation? (5 points)
4. Do you think you are in caloric balance? What are the recommended physical activity levels? (5
Determine your daily caloric input. Prior to completing this part of the lab, you will need to write down
everything that you eat and drink for an entire day. Make sure you record everything, and divide the foods
into breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. If you do not write down everything, you will have to try to think
back and remember what you have eaten for entire day; make sure you include the full 24 hours. Try to
pick a typical day. If you are going to a party or have to fast for a lab test, pick a different day.
Go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture health food and fitness page:
https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/ or copy and paste this address into your web browser.
Click on: FOOD TRACKER
Start with breakfast, and type in each food that you ate for one day. After each food you type in,
Select the closest food from the list that is generated.
Determine the amount and click the box for the meal in which the item was consumed.
Continue this process until you have included all foods that you ate in a 24-hour period.
Click on MY REPORTS in the menu at the top of the page.
Click on FOOD GROUPS & CALORIES.
Enter the Date and click on CREATE REPORT.
Answer the following short answer questions: Total: 12 points
1. How many total calories did you consume? (4 points)
2. What are empty calories? (4 points)
3. How many empty calories did you consume? (4 points)
Next, you will create a Nutrition Report.
Click on MY REPORTS, and generate a NUTRIENTS REPORT.
Export this report as a Word document by clicking on WORD just above the CREATE REPORTS
button in the top right corner of the page.
Open the Nutrient Report that you saved, and copy and paste it after the following question.
Paste it in the area marked ?Copy and paste your Nutrients Report here.?
Answer Question 4 in essay format. Your answer should be at least 100 words in length. Total: 20 points
4. Using the information in the report and the information that you calculated concerning your BMI,
what did you learn about your eating habits? Is there anything that you would change? Are you
deficient in any nutrients? Are you above the required amounts in any nutrients?
Copy and paste your Nutrients Report here. Total: 8 points
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