Ch 3: Diet Planning Basics

About This Chapter

Review the basics of diet planning with this useful nutrition chapter. These lessons and quizzes are designed to help you improve your nutritional knowledge, plan a healthy diet and study for upcoming nutrition exams.

Diet Planning Basics - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive nutrition chapter breaks down the fundamentals of diet planning. After showing you effective diet planning guidelines, our subject matter experts explore topics pertaining to food labels, nutrients, American food habits and vegan/vegetarian diets. We've included short self-assessment quizzes to help you retain these diet planning concepts. You can also access the chapter at any time that fits your schedule. When you're finished, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate guidelines for healthy diet planning
  • Create a healthy eating plan
  • Recognize the characteristics and food habits of the American diet
  • Define calories and nutrients of concern
  • Read/interpret a food label ingredient list
  • Assess food label claims
  • Explain the benefits and lifestyle effects of vegan and vegetarian diets

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Diet Planning Basics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups

1. Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups

The USDA and Health and Human Services developed dietary guidelines for Americans that outline diet and lifestyle recommendations. Learn how these guidelines, along with the USDA food guides, can be used to help you develop a healthy eating plan in this video lesson.

How to Create a Healthy Eating Plan

2. How to Create a Healthy Eating Plan

Would you like to know what goes into creating a healthy eating plan? Learn how to evaluate your current food intake, find your nutritional needs, choose the right foods and assess your progress to create a plan that meets your nutritional needs.

The American Diet: Characteristics, Food Habits & Guidelines

3. The American Diet: Characteristics, Food Habits & Guidelines

The American diet is characterized by a calorie imbalance, a high consumption of nutrient-poor foods and a low consumption of nutrient-dense foods. Learn about the food habits of Americans and the dietary guidelines designed to improve your health in this video lesson.

Nutrients of Concern: Definition & Dietary Guidelines

4. Nutrients of Concern: Definition & Dietary Guidelines

In this lesson, we will learn what nutrients have been identified by the USDA to be nutrients of concern. These can either be nutrients that Americans consume too much of or too little of.

Calories: Definition, Purpose & Total Count

5. Calories: Definition, Purpose & Total Count

A calorie is a unit of measurement used to express energy. There are three nutrients that provide the body with calories: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Learn about these macronutrients and recommendations for total energy intake: EER and AMDRs.

Reading & Interpreting Ingredient Lists on Food Labels

6. Reading & Interpreting Ingredient Lists on Food Labels

In this lesson, we'll learn how to read and understand the ingredient list on food labels. We'll learn what the purpose of some of the strange or commonly unknown ingredients are and where they come from.

How to Read Food Labels: Understanding Claims & Components

7. How to Read Food Labels: Understanding Claims & Components

The nutritional facts label provides information about the nutrient content of a food item. Learn about the components found on the label, as well as additional nutrient content claims and health claims that food manufacturers can add to packaging in this lesson.

Vegetarian & Vegan Diets: Health Benefits & Lifestyle Effects

8. Vegetarian & Vegan Diets: Health Benefits & Lifestyle Effects

A vegan diet is a diet made up of only plant-based foods while a vegetarian diet may allow limited animal products. Learn about the health benefits and lifestyle effects of these diets, including a reduced risk of obesity and chronic diseases.

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