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Author: Diane McKay

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Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Foundations of Nutrition Science, Fall 2012
D. McKay, PhD, FACN

 

LECTURE #2: PLANNING A HEALTHY DIET

  • List and define the six principles of diet-planning (ABCDMV).
  • Explain the purpose of the Dietary Guideline for Americans and MyPyramid/MyPlate
  • Summarize each of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Describe the components of the recent/current USDA Food Guide Graphics (MyPyramid, MyPlate), and know what the different colors, varying bandwidths, and triangular shapes represent.
  • Define nutrient density and identify foods that are considered to be nutrient dense.
  • Define energy density and identify foods that are considered to be energy dense.
  • List the information that is required on a food label.
  • Identify the information that is required on a Nutrition Facts Panel.
  • Define Daily Value (DV) and how it is used on food labels. 
  • Recognize and give examples of nutrient claims, health claims, and structure/function claims allowed on food labels.  

Required readings:

  • Whitney & Rolfes, Chapter 2, Planning a Healthy Diet (skip p. 62-67, Highlight 2).
  • 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (handout)
  • Current USDA Food Guide Graphic - MyPlate
  • Energy Density of Common Foods
  • “Guidance on How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Panel on Food Labels