Food Journal Analysis #2

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Food Journal Analysis #2One may ask, “Why should I care about the nutrients I am eating on a daily basis?” The answer is clear. Protein and fiber in foods can have a positive impact on an individual’s healthy diet. The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) can give recommendations for these nutrients to an individual based on his or her age and gender. Through instruction, food intake was tracked intake day. Below are the findings specific to protein and fiber recommendations based on a person age 29 and of female gender.

According to the CNPP, the average adult should consume a recommended 46 grams of protein per day. According to their information, this recommendation is for individuals of the same age and gender. On the day recorded, protein intake was 180 grams. Compared to the recommendation, consumption was nearly 4 times more then the recommended amount of protein. Through nutrition labels, the food items containing protein are chicken, cottage cheese, instant oatmeal, fruits, and vegetables.

The items listed are in order from highest amount of protein to lowest amount of protein. The major source of protein for the day came from roasted chicken breast. The protein in chicken has a high biological quality compared to many plant foods. Chicken protein contains all the essential amino acids in the correct proportions required by the body for optimum growth of lean, calorie burning tissue. (Weight Loss For All [WLFA], 2006)Since the protein intake was on the high side, one way to lower it would be to adjust the amount of lean, high protein meats eaten. Per the reading in Contemporary Nutrition: Issues and Insights, high quality (also called complete) proteins are those which contain the nine essential amino acids humans need in sufficient amounts.(Wardlaw & Smith, 2006, p. 7 chap.