1. What is nutrition? Why is nutrition essential to our daily lives?

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Nutrition and Health Worksheet


Use Ch. 1 of Contemporary Nutrition, Ch. 2 of Visualizing Nutrition, supplemental course materials, the University Library, the Internet, or other resources to answer the following questions. Your response to each question should be 75 to 100 words.


  1. What is nutrition? Why is nutrition essential to our daily lives?
Nutrition is the science that links foods to health and disease. It includes the processes by which the human organism ingests digests, absorbs, transports, and even excretes food substances. Nutrients are essential to our everyday lives because it provides the nutrients that our bodies need to function on a daily basis. Each person has their own individual nutritional need Nutrition helps to keep people health and can also assist with how the brain works.





  1. What is the connection between nutrition and health?

The connection between nutrition and health is that if the body is not receiving the proper nutrients then a person is jeopardizing their health.



  1. What are the six classes of nutrients? What are essential nutrients? What are the sources of nutrients? What do nutrients do?
The six classes of nutrients are water, carbohydrates, fats (lipids), proteins, minerals, and vitamins. Essential nutrients are nutrient that are required for normal body functioning that either can’t be synthesized by the body at all, or can’t be synthesized in amounts for good heaths.  The sources that we eat which is food are the nutrients for your body and brain. Nutrients help your body build new tissues, repair damaged cells, and produce energy.




  1. How do vitamins and minerals work?
Vitamins help to enable many forms of chemical reactions that occur inside of your body. However, these reactions help releases the energy that is trapped in carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins.  Minerals are structurally simple, inorganic substances, which is exist as groups of one or more of the same atoms.




  1. What does it mean to eat a balanced diet? Why is food choice important for good nutrition?
Eating a balanced diet means eating different types of foods from the variety of food groups, and the right amount of each of these foods to get all the essential nutrients required for good health without consuming excess calories. Food choice is important




  1. What is undernutrition? What is overnutrition?

Undernutrition is a nutritional deficiency resulting from lack of food or from the inability of the body to convert or absorb it. Overnutrition is the excessive intake of food, especially in unbalanced proportions.






  1. Why is physical activity important as it relates to nutrition and health?

Physical activity is important because it can help produce long term health benefits, for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It also has energy going in and out of your body.



  1. Where might you find dietary recommendations? What are the recommended dietary allowances (RDA)? What are dietary reference intakes (DRIs)?
Dietary Recommendations are primarily relies on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat and nonfat dairy products, beans, fish, and lean meat. The Recommended Dietary Allowances are nutrient intake levels that meet the needs of most healthy Americans. Originally developed by the National Academy of Sciences, and were based on nutrient levels that would prevent nutrient deficiencies. RDAs have been developed as one component of nutrient intake standards called Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). DRIs are a set of nutrients reference values. They are used to help people select healthful diets, set national nutrition policy, and establish safe upper limits of intakes.




  1. The United States Department of Agriculture created a diagram titled MyPlate. What is this diagram? Why should someone study this diagram?
This diagram MyPlate is a plate shape diagram that shows a pie chart that may give Americans an easier way to envision a mix of the food groups on a plate or even a bowl.  People should study this diagram because it gives us basic information on what we need to intake to become healthy.





  1. What are some tools for diet planning?
There are numerous tool for diet planning the first tool create a basic weekly menu on your computer, calendar. Another one be a food journal, food measurement tools, and a calorie counter.





  1. What is the calorie intake calculator? What factors does this calculator take into account?
The calorie intake calculator is to calculate your daily calorie needs so as to maintain your weight according to your daily activity levels. The calculator take how






  1. What are some dangers associated with dieting?
The word “dieting” commonly conjures up feelings of guilt and failure because it refers to a lifestyle change that is difficult or impossible to maintain. One would be nutritional deficiencies which would be diets brag “fast results” and call for dramatic changes in what you eat, such as consuming only cabbage soup or grapefruits. Another one is weight regain crash dieting isn’t worth the health risk it poses because it rarely results in long-term weight loss. Further your health risk it’s more of becoming a “yo-yo dieter” if you try a temporary or dramatic diet plan. This means your weight constantly fluctuates as you bounce from one diet to the next. The more you diet, the more likely you are to decrease your metabolism’s efficiency. Healthy goals Making permanent lifestyle and behavioral challenges is the best way to shed excess pounds and keep them off. Reaching your goal you must avoid obsessing over every calorie you eat or worrying about minor fluctuations in your weight. You will be more likely to stay successful if your stay focused on getting healthier and feeling better.





  1. What is the best way to lose weight? Explain your answer and provide at least one source, formatted consistent with APA guidelines, to support your answer.
I know it hard to lose weight you are exposed to a lot of concern around the world.  People say what the best way to lose weight is; there isn’t a best way to lose weight. There are general guidelines for losing weight.  You must eat a few calories, the best formula for losing weight is to decrease the amount of calories you intake. Increase your physical activity each and every day. Exercise for about 30 minutes every day. Eat less fat and sugar. This will help lower the number of calories you eat each day. Eat wide variety of food, including starches and dairy products. This will help your body to get the right amount of nutrients and vitamins it needs to be healthy. Starch is an important source of energy that all body’s needs, even when a person is trying to lose weight. It’s mainly found in potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, beans, and some vegetables. You must practice portion control. Eat smaller amounts of food at each meal. Support, it can be hard to start a weight lost program, ask family and friends to join you for support. You can also treat yourself once in a while, sometime we may try to cheat by eating one of our favorites items that are rich in calories, but just eat a small amount or even go to the store they have ones that 100 calories or less now.












  1. How does exercise influence body weight?
Weight loss is essentially an energy balance equation that requires you to consume fewer calories than you expend. To lose 1 pound. You mus create an energy deficit of 3,500 calories. Exercise allows you to burn calories in excess of what your body needs for daily maintenance






  1. Consider your personal dietary habits. What are some modifications you might make to promote good health?

My personal dietary habits are horrible, some modifications that I will take to promote good health is to do right, which is eating right, exercising.





  1. How does today’s society affect our nutritional habits?

I know I need to lose weight, but in today’s society it affect our nutrition habits in an good and bad way it has such an impact on kids even adults to the point where they have it on any source of media we will end up getting or try to do the same thing. By people showing food that are bad for us will hurt us more and more where they need to show something healthy or even let us sample it we will might enjoy it. Even the first lady goes on shows and try to help us exercise and get out and play she shows a great amount of affect to our nutritional habits.





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