diet analysis project


This paper will present a diet analysis. It will analyze the intake of carbohydrate and energy balance, consumption of alcohol, and sodium. It will also look into the benefits from the diet and set goals for the improvement of the diet.


NUT2040: Introduction to Nutrition Diet Analysis Project 4: Dietary Summary & Conclusions (74 Points)
You are to write a paragraph on each of the topics listed below. Answers are to be written in formal essay style using complete sentences with proper grammar and spelling. Make certain to reference your work including the citation at the end of the paper with your textbook listed and properly cited.
NOTE: Grammar and spelling are important and are included in the point values for each section below.
Introduction (5 points)
Introduction: Create an opening paragraph indicating the purpose of the paper and topics that will be discussed.
Calorie Intake & Energy Balance (8 points)
Write a brief but comprehensive paragraph addressing your average daily calorie intake. Be sure to address the following items:
ï‚· What was your three-day average Calorie intake?
ï‚· What is the recommended Calorie intake for someone your age, gender and activity level?
ï‚· How do you explain any discrepancy between your average intake and your recommended intake?
ï‚· If you desire to gain or lose weight, explain the changes you would need to make to achieve that.
ï‚· Be sure to address energy balance. To do this, you must explain the caloric differences (energy in vs. out) you would need to change to achieve your goal. Use the information presented in your text concerning energy balance making certain to reference your work.
ï‚· If your current caloric intake is over or under the recommendations, are you losing/gaining weight as expected? Why or why not?
NOTE: Although this question was asked in project 1, many students do not understand the concept, thus this question is repeated here.
Alcohol Consumption (5 points)
Write a short paragraph discussing your alcohol intake and how it might affect your health.
ï‚· Include the definition of moderate alcohol consumption as defined by your text. Be sure to reference this.
ï‚· Include the risks/benefits of alcohol consumption.
Document revised: 5/22/08
ï‚· Include intake recommendations (even if you do not drink alcohol)
ï‚· Compare your intake to what is recommended.
NOTE: If you do not drink alcohol, you do not need to start, but you do need to address this topic in your paper.
Sodium (6 points)
Write a short paragraph discussing your sodium intake and how it might affect your health.
ï‚· Indicate your sodium intake from the daily average data.
 Compare your intake to what is recommended (listed in the “Recommended” column of the Actual Intakes vs. Recommended Intakes report).
ï‚· Indicate whether your level of sodium intake is too high or adequate.
ï‚· Find 3 foods from your dietary records that you consumed that were at least 500 mg per serving. What do you notice about these foods? Do they have anything in common?
ï‚· List risks of high sodium intakes.
ï‚· Indicate why sodium should be monitored as part of a healthy diet.
Summary of Diet (30 points)
Write a comprehensive summary of your current diet.
ï‚· Begin by briefly summarizing the nutrients in which your intakes are high/low/adequate. (Do not repeat information from previous work, but summarize your findings, concisely.)
ï‚· Next, using the principles of the Pyramid, provide an overview of how you would change your diet to meet these nutrient needs.
o Determine which food group(s) provide(s) the best source of this nutrient.
o Using the Pyramid, give examples of healthy and wholesome foods that would provide you this nutrient.
o Please do not indicate that you would take a supplement to “fix” your diet!
o You will find that specific food groups provide a variety of nutrients, so you should COMBINE the nutrients here. Make sure to consider both the nutrients which you lack and those you consume in excess.
ï‚· You must illustrate that you understand your nutrient needs.
ï‚· You must also incorporate the dietary principles of adequacy, variety, balance and moderation in this section. Please do not simply indicate that your changes provide adequacy, variety, balance and moderation to your diet. You must show that you understand these principles by example.
ï‚· Create a separate paragraph for each part of the food pyramid.
ï‚· This section has a value of 30 points, so please spend some time on its composition.
Document revised: 5/22/08
Benefits of Project (5 points)
Write a brief paragraph discussing how you did or did not benefit from this project.
Three Dietary Goals (15 points)
Write three separate goals that are specific and measurable that you can work towards to improve your diet.
ï‚· Each of your 3 goals must be both specific and measurable.
o Example of a nonspecific, unmeasurable goal: I will drink more milk.
o Example of a specific and measurable goal to increase dairy: I will increase my dairy intake on weekdays by eating Brand Z cereal with one cup of 1% milk for breakfast at least 3 times per week.
Formula for Success
ï‚· The main purpose of this paper is for you to understand your diet and to help you make changes to improve your health, wellbeing and vitality for now and for the future.
ï‚· For grading purposes and as required in this course, you also must demonstrate writing skill and understanding of nutrient intakes and principles of a healthy diet. Please read the above guidelines carefully and answer all the questions in a scholarly manner to earn maximum points.
ï‚· Please pay attention to organization, grammar and spelling. Please be clear and concise. It will affect how the project is graded. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Please see the syllabus and MSCD Student Handbook for a definition of plagiarism.
ï‚· If you need help with your writing technique, please contact the MSCD Writing Center. Every student at MSCD also has 20 free tutoring hours through You can e-mail your paper to a tutor and have them help you with specific problem areas provided you give yourself adequate time to prepare the paper.
What you will turn in for grading
ï‚· Paper: Double spaced, including cover page with your name, course name, date, and project title.