Assignment 5.1: Are Some Foods “Superfoods” for Health?

Assignment 5.1: Are Some Foods “Superfoods” for Health?

Description In this assignment your will use your food log to analyze your fat intake. You may choose to look at either the one day you analyzed quantitatively in Assignment 3.1 or you may look at the three days as a whole. Choose whichever is more informative to you depending on your pattern of fat consumption over the three days. 1. Fill out the first row of the table below with the top three foods containing fat from your food log. For each of the three foods, look up and list on the table the specific fat and fatty acid content in grams or milligrams. You may use any online source or app that provides the information. Here is one such source: http://nutritiondata.self.com/. If you use this source, after entering the food, make sure to scroll down to where you see the detailed information on fats and fatty acids. Food Total Fat (g) Saturated Monounsaturated Polyunsaturated Total trans fatty acids Total omega-3 fatty acids Total omega-6 fatty acids Cholesterol 2. Are the fats in your diet mostly saturated or unsaturated? 3. Omega-3 fatty acids are the healthiest of the fats listed and for many people the hardest to get. Most nutritionists recommend getting between 0.5 and 1.0 g of omega-3’s in your diet daily. That is equal to 500–1,000 mg. How does your omega-3 fatty acid intake compare? 4. If you are getting enough unsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids, which foods provide them? If you are not getting enough, which foods could you add to your diet to provide them? 5. What are three reasons to include unsaturated fats like omega 3’s in your diet? Purpose Analyze your diet and draw conclusions regarding your fat and fatty acid in take. Reinforce the important of unsaturated fats in the diet. Distinguish between saturated and unsaturated fats. Tools Word-processing software