Chapter 1 Exercises

Study Questions

  1. What does “essential” mean?
  2. How many of the 6 classes of essential nutrients are present in the food you eat?
  3. Which of the nutrients give you Calories?
  4. If you ate a food that contained: 10 grams of Carbohydrate, 10 grams of Fat and 10 grams of Protein, how many Calories would that food contain (approximately)? Hint: Use 4 Calories per gram of Carbohydrate, 9 Calories per gram of Fat and 4 Calories per gram of Protein
  5. Does Alcohol give you Calories? How many Calories in a gram of alcohol?
  6. When it comes to nutrients, is it “the more the better”? Why or Why not?
  7. Are there “good foods” and “bad foods”? Why or Why not?
  8. What are “phytochemicals”?
  9. What is meant by the term “serving size”? For example, a “serving size” of potato chips is 1 ounce or about 15 chips. How is a serving size different than a portion size?
  10. What is your opinion of the role of the federal government in promoting health and preventing disease in Americans?

 

Expand Your Knowledge

    1. Conduct an informal survey of five of your friends and family members. Create a questionnaire with ten to fifteen questions pertaining to their perception of food, their favorite food shows, what restaurants they frequent, what they purchase from the grocery store each week, etc. Ask questions about their general eating habits and record the answers. Next, get a camera and take pictures of the insides of their refrigerators. What have you learned about their eating habits? What advice would you give them? Review all the material and put it together in a report.