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You are what you eat

Collect some data on your diet and do some research on the food you eat.   You will need to collect three days’ worth of data by recording what you eat

 Sunday (3/11)Tuesday (3/12)Wednesday (3/13)
BreakfastBacon, eggs, grits, toast and orange juiceFruit (grapes, strawberry) & 2 scrambled eggs, bottle waterBacon egg cheese bagel & bottle water
SnackN/ABlueberry YogurtN/A
LunchTurkey Sandwich/wheat

Bread & bottle water

Chicken fried rice & cokeChicken Noodle soup & bottle water
SnackN/AN/ABlueberry Muffin
DinnerStuffed bell pepper with ground beef, brown rice, cheese & bottle waterBaked Steelhead Trout with Green Beans & bottle waterRotesserie Chicken Breast with macaroni & cheese with bottle water



Keep track of what you eat for three days.  You can use the CDC form found at organize your findings or make your own.


  1. What were the average calories per day?


  1. What item (s) had the highest and lowest calorie content?


  1. What were the calorie contents of these items?


  1. What is the source of your information?


Go to My Food Pyramid on the Supertracker ) website or use an alternative resource to see what the recommended daily diet is for you.



  1. Compare your average diet over the three days to the recommended diet. Compare and discuss what your recommended diet is to your actual diet.


  1. What are the most compelling differences, if any?


  1. What are the reasons for the differences?


  1. Do you think there is a long term implication to the diet you currently have? What might that be?


Go to the below weblinks page and read the article on food additives.   Then go back to your three days of food, read the labels that were on the packages and research 3 additives that you do not know anything about.  You can use the weblink set up for additive research or use you own sources.   If you use your own sources you must report them.  If you did not eat food that came in packages then research what foods (nonorganic) generally have the most pesticides and which have the least.


  1. Report on your findings with fairly detailed investigations, source of additive, its role in the food, any health or environmental implications, how common is its use – that sort of information.



Last Updated on April 27, 2020

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