Personal Reflection of Food Group Consumption Essay example

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In this task I had to record what I ate and the amounts of each serving over three consecutive days during the week. This tasks aim was to get us to be aware of what we are eating and what we should change in our diet to be as healthy as we possibly can be. Having a healthy weight can reduce risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. 21-25% of Australia’s adolescents are overweight or obese and 2-5% are underweight. (2007 ANCN Survey) This report is to support the aim as it will include how well I have done fulfilling each food group throughout the three days. Instead of a food pyramid, which is what is usually referred to, the new way of measuring these is in a pi graph on a plate as it is more…show more content…
Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel as they are needed for the kidneys, brain and the central nervous system. They can also be stored in the liver for later use. Eatbalanced.com (2012) recommends that 45-60% of our daily energy intake should come from the grains food groups. By eating these foods it will reduce my risk heart disease and can help me with weight management but on the negative side there are foods such as white bread and pretzels which although fall under this food category, are not necessarily doing your body any good. These processed carbohydrates, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, 2014, can cause weight gain, high triglycerides (fat in your blood), high blood sugar and also nutrient deficiencies. When looking back at my table I saw that I used white bread to make my sandwiches and so although that counted as a serving, it would not have been as good as a serving of wholegrain bread. This shows that although eating this food group is extremely important to your body, we must be weary at the same time about what specific foods we are putting in our body. The second food group is vegetables. This category includes vegetables like tomatoes, pumpkin, broccoli, legumes, beans cabbage, carrots and every other plant from the Leguminosae family or classified vegetable. A serving of vegetables is
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