Food Journal Analysis

Essay by Yates PhyllisA+, November 2007

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The My Pyramid Tracker is primarily recommended, "To offer a healthy personal eating plan with the foods and amounts that are right for every American individual." This tool creates a more specific diet plan as proposed by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005. Based on the My Pyramid Tracker, the following are the results of my recorded food intake for October 10, 2007 versus the recommendations (My Pyramid Tracker, 2007).

Overall, my total calorie intake (in kcals) is at 2360, which exceeds the recommended or acceptable range of 2013, which means it exceeds my energy needs for the day. For most of my vitamin intake (in mg), they also exceeded the recommended or acceptable ranges. The numbers indicate that a big difference in my intake, which is higher, and the CNPP recommendation. This is consistent with my nutritional goal for the day with fruit, milk and meat and beans consumptions recorded above the recommendation and total fat falling within the recommended range (as indicated by the smiling emoticons in the report).

Equivalent statistics in percent recommendation are 127% for fruits, 100% for milk and 130% for meat and beans. I am noting however, my grain and vegetable intake, both of which fall below recommended daily intake but are still considered equivalent (as indicated by the smug emoticons in the report). Equivalent statistics in percent recommendation are 205% for grains and 80% for vegetables. My sodium intake highly exceed the recommendation and these are bad indicators that need to be improved for my next meals and overall diet (as indicated by the sad emoticon in the report) (My Pyramid Tracker, 2007).

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 states "…meeting nutrient recommendations must go hand in hand with keeping calories under control." This puts into question whether or not my...