In this unit, you learn about macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Many people have suggested that focusing on one macronutrient at the expense of others would be a superior diet. Thus, we have high-protein diets, high-carbohydrate diets, and high-fat diets. On the flip side, we also have low-fat diets, low-carb diets, and so on. In addition to these, there are other versions such as a gluten-free diet (which is necessary for those truly allergic to wheat), a vegan diet, a raw food diet, and even a blood type diet that is based on particular blood types. Reflect on your eating habits. Which type of diet do you prefer? Why do you prefer this type of diet to other diet options?
Take any can of vegetables from your pantry and report the levels of protein, carbohydrates, and fats for a one-serving size. Explain what these macronutrients are and what their primary functions are in the human body. If you do not have any canned vegetables, search online for the information. Pick a vegetable and enter “nutrition label for (indicate a type of vegetable)” into a search engine and click images to find a nutrition facts label you can use.
Read the label for ground beef, below. Discuss what stands out to you as a difference between the nutrition information of the vegetable you chose in question seven and the ground beef nutrition information provided in this label. Explain why you think beef is or is not necessary for a balanced diet.