Whole foods or minimally processed foods have no (or less) additives and offer more nutritional value in their unrefined state.
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EQ: How much money does one save, and how
much healthier can one eat, by cooking and
eating at home instead of eating out?
To what extent is buying prepared food more expensive than cooking
How much more unhealthy is prepared food compared to home-cooked
How does one influence their peers to change their eating habits?
AOK: Data table comparing meal nutrition and cost
Outside Expert: Jhonny Mahar, Dietitian
• Created a meal plan
o costs for restaurant and supermarket products
o available nutritional values (websites, package labels)
• Worked with Dietitian to:
o Define portion sizes
o Choose the important nutritional values
o Calculate nutritional values for unavailable products
• Calculated differences in nutrition values & costs
• Summarized results
Basic Nutrition Info
Calories: need for energy
too little: body goes into “starvation mode”, starts storing fat
too much: weight gain
Fat: need for healthy cell maintenance, storing energy, providing
too little: many, including increase in cholesterol, risk of heart
disease & cancer
too much: weight gain, increased cholesterol, high blood pressure
Sodium: need to control blood pressure and blood volume
too little: imbalance of nutrients
too much: increased blood pressure
Protein: need to repair cells and for growth
too little: muscle weakness, hair color loss, impaired immunity, and
blood and hormonal disorders
Too much: no proof that excess protein has negative effects
• Applied standard formulas provided by Dietitian,
used to calculate nutrition values for a few
• Used professional software package called,
“Webtrition”, to validate results and for other
• Compared total calories, fat, sodium and protein
of purchased meal vs. meal prepared at home
• Total Cost of item divided by number of
servings in the package = cost per serving size
o Coffee $8/pound, 45 cups/pound = $0.60/cup
o Chicken $5/pound = $0.30/oz
o Butter $2/pound, 32 Tablespoons/pound = $0.06/T
How do I influence my peers?
Super Size Me
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"Nutrition and healthy eating - MayoClinic.com." Mayo
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