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Diet Analysis BIO 115 / Marsh

Diet Analysis Report Instructions

Write a diet analysis of your 3 day diet using your 3 Day Average from your diet analysis program.

1. Compare your nutrient intake to your goal.

2. Identify each nutrient that you had more than 20% excess or 20%

deficient of your goal. This means that every nutrient with an

intake below 80% or above 120% should be part of your written

analysis.

3. For each nutrient that is below 80%, state how you

would improve your nutrient intake. You should list 3

sources that are high in that specific nutrient. You can

use your text book, credible internet sources and the

handouts that you received from the oral presentations.

Example:

Deficiencies:

Carbohydrates:

goal – 210 g

Intake – 135 g

I could eat more potatoes, oatmeal and pasta.

4. For each nutrient that is in excess, list the 3 highes sources of that nutrient from the

spread sheet reports.

Example:

Excess

Vitamin A:

goal – 1000 RE

Intake – 1271 RE

My 3 highest sources of vitamin A were garden salad, baby carrots and cheese pizza.

When you are finished with your analysis, write a summary and state your educated nutritional opinion of your diet. Make sure that you answer the following questions.

· What are your dietary goals?

· Did you make any changes as a result of this project?

· Do you take a vitamin or mineral supplement?

· Do you drink enough water?

· Do you exercise?

Grading

Submit your analysis paper that you wrote with your PDF print of your report for the

Diet Analysis Program.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING THE DIET

ANALYSIS PLUS SOFTWARE

These instructions provide a brief overview of how to get started using the Diet Analysis Plus software. For more detailed instructions, please refer to the help menu located inside the Diet Analysis Plus software.

Step 1.

Beginning at the home page for the Diet Analysis Plus software, use your primary profile, created when you first logged into the application or create a new profile for yourself or for someone whose diet you will be evaluating. You will be asked to enter profile information such as age, height, weight, etc.

Step 2.

Click on TRACK DIET and begin to input the food items you have eaten for the day. Be sure to choose the correct date on the calendar next to the SELECT THE DATE field. Dates with previous data entry will be easy to locate as they will be highlighted.

Step 3.

In the FIND FOOD field enter the name of the food that you have eaten during the day, initially being as generic as possible. Click on GO. A food list will appear which provides a list of foods that contain the word or words you typed in the food list.

Step 4.

Click on the food name that is closest to the food actually eaten. To help narrow down the search suggestions, consider using the category filter. You can use it as a way for you to search by only showing foods that fall into the category you have applied, or use it as a filter after you do a normal search to limit the search results.

Step 5.

A pop-up screen will appear asking you to input the quantity of food and units of measurement. Be sure you are very accurate with the input of food as the output will only be as good as the input. Lastly, choose the meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack) when you ate the food. Complete these steps for each food on your menu.

When inputting the serving size for each food item, a serving size warning will appear if the serving size is above a typical serving size for the food. In addition, make use of the “How big is a serving?” help as this will explain common serving sizes for food. Finally, under the Resources tab, there is a serving size calculator that will be helpful.

If a food that you eat is not in the data base, you can use the customize foods and recipes link to input foods that you create yourself. Specific instructions for how to use this option is available at the Help icon in the upper right hand corner of the page.

CREATING A PRIMARY PROFILE

What is a Profile?

Nutritional requirements vary depending on an individual’s height, weight, age, gender, and activity level. Your profile records this information and uses it to determine your Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) and to create custom reports. Before using Diet Analysis Plus, you must first create a profile.

Creating a Profile

Step 1.

When you log into DA Plus for the first time, you will be asked to create a primary profile. You can create multiple profiles for different analyses.

Step 2.

Enter the information for your primary profile.

Step 3.

When you are finished, click the Next button to see the Activity Questionnaire page.

Note:

The Long Activity Questionnaire is the default when setting up a primary profile; you can use a shorter version when setting up additional profiles.

Step 4.

Answer the questions on the questionnaire. The lifestyle related questions on this page will help the DA Plus system determine your activity level.

Step 5.

When you are finished, click the Next button to see the Confirm Profile page.

Step 6.

Click the Edit button(s) to change any of your information. When you are finished, click the Save button to save your profile. After your primary profile is complete, you are directed to the Home page where you can access information on your profiles, food intakes, reports, and labs. To begin entering your dietary information, click the Track Diet tab on the main menu to find and list the foods you have eaten.

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