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Nutrition - Pyramid Tracker

Using the Pyramid Tracker (http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov) or a fast food nutritional analysis guide (usually available at fast food establishments if you ask), compute the nutritional value of a fast-food meal (including drink).

Step 1) Write down the meal and the total kcals it provided.

Step 2) Determine the total number of grams of each macronutrient in the complete meal.
________ grams of carbohydrate

________ grams of protein

________ grams of fat

Step 3) Calculate the number of kcalories for each macronutrient.
________ g carbohydrate x 4 kcals/gram = carbohydrate kcalories
________ g protein x 4 kcals/gram = protein kcalories

________ g fat x 9 kcals/gram = fat kcalories
** Note that the total should equal the total number of kcals consumed for that meal.

Step 4) Calculate the percent of kcalories from each macronutrient.

Carb. kcals/Total kcals consumed x 100 = ____% kcalories from carbs

Protein kcals/Total kcals consumed x 100 = ___% kcalories from protein

Fat kcals/Total kcals consumed x 100 = ___% kcalories from fat

Step 5) Evaluate the nutritional value of your meal by comparing your percent of each macronutrient to the recommended percent.

Your % Recommended %
Carbohydrate ______% _45-65 _%

Protein ______% _10-35__%

Fat _______% _20-35__%

Solution Preview

As an illustrative example, let's go with a McDonald's fast food meal using the Pyramid Tracker, which can be used as a sample when you calculate your own fast food meal.

Step 1) Write down the meal and the total kcals it provided.

McDonald's
1 Big Mac:
I Medium Fries Calories:
1 Medium Coke (22 oz)
Total Calories: 1118 Calories

Step 2) Determine the total number of grams of each macronutrient in the complete meal.

138 grams of carbohydrate

30 grams of protein

50.5 grams of fat

Step 3) Calculate the number of kcalories for each ...

Solution Summary

Through illustrative example, this solution analyzes a McDonald's fast food meal using the Pyramid Tracker.

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