Unit I Homework
In Chapters 3 and 4 of the textbook, you learned that the body needs various macro and micronutrients in
order to function properly. You also learned about cellular metabolism and what the human body uses as
a fuel source. This all seems simple at first glance; however, it can be difficult to determine whether we
are getting what our body needs. Even when we know what our body needs, it becomes even more
difficult to make sure we are supplying our body with those needs. The car you drive probably requires
gasoline in order to function properly. When you need to go somewhere, you make sure you have enough
gasoline in the tank to reach your destination. If you do not, you probably stop at a gas station and fill
your car’s tank with gas. You do not pour cola in the tank or jelly donuts; you put gas because that is what
it needs. Why do we put cola and jelly donuts in our bodies when we do not need them? Often, it is
difficult to determine what is in the foods that we eat. Sometimes it is hard to determine if the food
contains the correct nutrients or processed foods that our body does not need. This lab exercise will help
you learn how to read nutritional labels and determine what your body needs to function properly.
1. Analyze nutritional information based on what the body needs to function properly.
2. Calculate BMI and learn about caloric balance.
You will not need any extra materials other than your textbook and your computer (with internet access)
to complete this lab.
Type or paste all answers directly on this data sheet.
Use the following nutritional label and answer the questions that follow. You may use your
textbook as a resource when comparing the two products.
Select Save As, and save this document using your last name and student ID as the file name.
Upload the data sheet as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file when you are finished.
Servings Per Container
vegetable oil, salt,
Water, nonfat milk,
whole corn, vegetable
oil, whole wheat flour,
rice flour, whole oat
Questions 1 – 5 are short answer questions. Answer each question in the space provided. Question 6 is a
short essay. Total: 40 points
1. Which product contains the most calories per serving? (6 points)
2. Which product contains the largest serving size? (6 points)
3. Which product contains the most calories per ounce? (6 points)
4. Which product contains the most nutrients that are not as healthy for the body in large amounts?
5. Which product is a healthier choice? (6 points)
6. Explain why you picked the product that you did in question 5. Your answer should be in
paragraph format and should be at least 100 words in length. Type your answer directly below.
Determine your BMI
The point of this exercise is for the student to become familiar with his or her own score using a very
common biometric indicator. Conduct the exercise using your own data. However, if you do not wish to
disclose your own data, then conduct it again with reasonable fictitious data and report that.
Questions 1–4 below are short answer questions. Answer each question in the space provided. Total: 20
1. What is your height?
in What is your weight?
Go to: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ then click on ONLINE TOOLS in the menu and select BMI
CALCULATOR from the drop down menu. Follow the links to the calculator tool hosted by the CDC.gov
website. Enter the information to determine your BMI (or use the fictitious data) by clicking the link to the
Adult BMI Calculator.
Type the information from above into the appropriate spaces and then click: Calculate BMI.
2. What is your BMI? What recommendations are listed? (5 points)
On the left menu click on: Finding a Balance.
3. What is the caloric balance equation? (5 points)
4. Do you think you are in caloric balance? What are the recommended physical activity levels? (5
Reading Nutrition Facts Labels Total: 40 points
For this portion of the assignment read the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s food facts guide about
labels and then answer questions 1 and 2. Click here to access the guide.
Question 1. (16 points)
Write an essay at least 200 words in length that explains what are proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
Question 2. (12 points)
Take any can of vegetables from your pantry. Report the levels of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats for a
serving size of your vegetable.
Review the label for hamburger and answer question 3. Click here to read the label.
Question 3. (12 points)
Discuss what stands out to you as a difference between your veggie and the hamburger. Your answer
should be at least 100 words in length.
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