"Eating is one of life's greatest
pleasures." This is a headline on the first page of the
U.S. government booklet Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary
Guidelines for Americans. This observation, along with references
to "enjoyment" and "pleasurable ways to combine
foods," had some health professionals shaking their heads.
Were the government authors suggesting that any food--even
previously unmentionable items such as sweets--could be part
of a healthful eating pattern?
can determine the answer to the above question for yourself.
Even fast foods can be counted in a healthful eating plan
when attention is paid to calories, fat content, sodium
content, and other nutrient values. You and several classmates
are about to prove this point. To begin, visit one or
both of the first two Web sites listed below to find out
about daily nutritional needs. Then, after clicking on
the button that prints out your worksheet, visit the last
site on fast foods and nutrition. Read the instructions
on the site before entering the food items you wish to
research. Use the information from the three sites to
create a guide to healthful dining at fast-food restaurants
in your community. Use your worksheet to help you plan.
Overview of Daily Nutrient Needs
Nutritional Data Tabulator
Guidelines for Americans