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The following exercise will give us some insight into why we need to eat a certain amount and types of food, who designed the Pyramid and the role of the nutrients found in the various servings of foods we are required to consume!

After reading the information provided in the website links, please answer the following questions:

1) Why do some scientists say to eat a certain amount and types of food each day?

2) Who designs these allotments (what organizations were involved in developing the Pyramid)?

3) And, lastly, name the food groups, number of servings recommended, and then discuss the role the nutrients play (in each food group) with regard to one's health.

Web Resources:

Go to http://www.sciam.com Choose search> then insert "food pyramid" and then, read the feature article titled "Rebuilding the Food Pyramid" from the January 2002 or 2003 issue.

Go to http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/pyramids.html Read the article called "Food Pyramids: What Should You Really Eat?"

Go to http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/ats/Jul21/ Read the article called "What's wrong with this pyramid?"

Go to http://mypyramid.gov Complete the "MyPyramid Plan" exercise.

Go to http://www.dairycouncilofca.org/MediaRoom/News/MaterialsReleases102.aspx/ Scroll down and read the article "USDA and HHS Unveil Revised Dietary Guidelines For Americans."

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This detailed solution outlines why scientists say to eat a certain amount and type of food each day, how the food pyramid is developed, which organizations are involved in developing the pyramid, and the name of food groups that are recommended with the suggested number of daily servings. In addition, the role nutrients play in health is discussed. Links and examples are given.

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It is important to follow the dietary guidelines in order to feel better, have more energy, and be in optimal health. Adequate nutrition allows humans to grow and develop to the best of their ability. It enables athletes to train and compete better.

1. Scientists suggest eating a certain amount and type of food each day for optimal health. The information is determined based on the nutrients needed for the body (dependent on sex, age, activity level), and calories needed/used. Scientists generally promote certain food types based on research based health findings. Sometimes, however, the scientist could be representing a l industry so he/she is paid to endorse or find healthful benefits of a particular food.

2. The allotments are determined through negotiations of many groups, including the USDA scientists, nutrition experts, staff members, lobbyists, consultants, and powerful members of the food industries ( National Dairy Council, United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, Soft Drink ...

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