Diet Analysis. Record and analyze your food intake for three 24 hour periods (Computer analysis is preferable, best program comes with MindTap.) Analyze the cumulative print-out for three days. Compare your results with the DRI’s. Write yourself a diet prescription explaining how you could improve your dietary intakes of nutrients by eating different foods, different eating patterns, etc. (Usually 4-6 pages are sufficient with your proposed 3-meal menu).
See specific directions in the documents listed below. Be sure to relate your findings to your current level of health, sports and exercise.
There are two goals for this project: 1.) learn the analysis process, and 2.) gain some personal insight about yourself and your food intake. So, as usual, the more of diet analysis information the better in terms of drawing conclusions. The suggested number of pages is just a guideline, not a rule. Tables and graphs are good communication tools but don’t have to be exhaustive. DO NOT TURN IN YOUR FOOD INTAKE LISTS – we don’t grade what foods you eat – just your nutrient analysis. Mainly, we just want your DRI vs your average 3-day intake and the +/-% of the diet you eat.