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Designing a Healthy Diet (2)
Transcript of Designing a Healthy Diet (2)
No one food meets all your nutrient needs*
Try and eat Functional Foods
Balance and Moderation are key
Ratio of nutrient content to the total energy content
Calories vs nutrients
Proteins/ vitamins/ Minerals
the number of calories per unit of measure
Calories vs Weight
Gram/ Pound/ KG
States of Nutritional Health
When body tissues have enough nutrients to support hormonal functions as well as a surplus of stores to be used in times of need
Family Health History
Take control early on!
Fine. I want to eat better. Where should I get recommendations?
Probably not your best bet
where do i start...
Why is this so hard?
The "Health and Diet" Industry
Corporate-Influenced Government Writes the Guidelines
The Media and the Scientific Community Communicates Poorly
We Are Predictable and Easily Influenced
So what do you do?
What's on the label?
name and address of the manufacturer
amount of product in the package
ingredients listed in descending order by weight
Nutrition Facts panel
What do these mean?
Preliminary Health Claims
If something has to advertise that its healthy, its probably not...
what about supplements
Can be marketed without FDA approval
Bad nutrition advice:
Recommendations that promise a quick fix
Claims that sound too good to be true
Energy Density vs Nutrient Density
a food given an additional function (often one related to health-promotion or disease prevention) by adding new ingredients or more of existing ingredients
Ready to eat food not for immediate consumption
Foods that don't have significant amount of nutrients
Foods made by business under certain criteria
How do I Choose