Healthy Eating Patterns

Review the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on page 38 of your text and address the components below.

  • According to Table 2-1 in Chapter 2 of the text, evaluate the key recommendations of these guidelines and state how these recommendations compare to the realities of the U.S. diet.
  • Based on these guidelines and your current dietary strengths and weaknesses, design a personalized plan entailing which food groups or food products you need to consume more of. Which food groups or food products need to be limited or avoided?
  • Review the Checking out Food Labels section on pages 41-56 of your textbook. Analyze the components of a food label, including the nutrition facts panel and the ingredient list. Based upon what you have read, as well as your own personal knowledge, how helpful do you think this information is in encouraging Americans to make healthier choices? Do you read food labels? If so, how is that practice beneficial to your personal diet plan?

Your initial contribution should be 250 to 300 words in length. Your research and claims must be supported by your course text and a minimum of one additional scholarly source. Use proper APA formatting for in-text citations and references as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts and respond to at least two of your peers. Each peer response should contain 100 words at a minimum. Compare your answers to those of your peers, relating to personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as your peers’ dietary plan and label reading practices. Provide convincing solutions on why it is important to read food labels if your peer doesn’t do this already.