Reflection Paper On Fast Food

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The recorded diet does not reflect my usual eating habits. I am currently in the process of selling my home; as a result, being short on time has led to rushed breakfast and dinner plans, often leading to fast food. My usual diet does not involve sugary breakfast foods. More often, it consists of rice or oat fortified cereals or oatmeal. In addition, my dinners generally entail more vegetables and less cheese. Unfortunately, it is challenging to find a fast food restaurant that has more than iceberg lettuce.

In the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, it states that the recommended fiber intake is 14 grams per 1,000 calories (U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010, p. 41). With this, we can
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Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010, p. 24). My total fat intake is at 32%, while on the higher end, it is still within the acceptable range. While the body does need some saturated fatty acids for physiological and structural functions, it makes plenty on its own to meet those needs, thus there is no dietary requirement for saturated fatty acids. Despite there being no requirement, reducing saturated fatty acids to less than 10% has shown to lower blood cholesterol levels, which in turn, lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease (U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010, p. 24). As shown in Table 1 above, my saturated fat intake is currently at 12%, 2% above what I would prefer it to be to reduce my risk for cardiovascular …show more content…
For a 1,550-calorie average, this translates to between 697.5 (1,550 x .45) to 1,007.5 (1,550 x .65) calories from carbohydrates or 174.4 to 258.9 grams (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2014). There are four calories per gram of carbohydrates, which means dividing the carbohydrate calories by four will converted to calories to grams (Lindshield). At 55%, my carbohydrate intake is at a respectable level. The macronutrient protein should account for 10 to 35% of the daily calorie intake (Source for Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR) reference and RDAs). Calculating for a 1,550-calorie diet, it can be determined that between 155 (1,550 x .10) and 542.5 (1,550 x .35) calories of protein is the daily requirement. Like carbohydrates, proteins have four calories per gram as well (Lindshield). With this we can conclude that between 38.75 (155 ÷ 4) and 135.62 (542.5 ÷ 4) meets the daily requirement. As shown in Table1, my protein intake is a 15%, which is within the 10 to 35%

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