What’s a balanced diet?

A Variety of Information Sources

Dias will assign each pair of students one of the following sites and you will be responsible for investigating the site, trying to answer the questions (below) about it, and presenting your finding to the class.

List of Sites

NHS — http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/Healthyeating.aspx

Eating Healthy in Ireland — http://www.safefood.eu/Healthy-Eating/The-Food-Pyramid-and-The-Eatwell-Plate.aspx

A balanced diet for women — http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/balanced-diet-women

Red meat and a balanced diet — http://www.qmscotland.co.uk/healthy-eating/why-red-meat-good-you

Basic Vegetarian Nutrition — https://www.vegsoc.org/basicnutrition

USDA My Plate — http://www.choosemyplate.gov/about

Sweets in a Balanced Diet — http://www.nidar.com/Health-and-Nutrition/Sweets-in-a-balanced-diet

The Dairy Council — http://www.milk.co.uk/page.aspx?intPageID=129

American Heart Association “How to eat healthy” — http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyEating/How-to-Eat-Healthy_UCM_307257_Article.jsp

PCRM:The Power Plate — http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/pplate

FAO:Healthy and balanced nutrition — http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/y4168e/y4168e05.htm

Questions

What organization is responsible for this nutritional information?
— Does it represent any commercial interests?
— Is it a government entity or NGO?

What is described as a “healthy” or “balanced” diet?

Are any charts, graphics, illustrations, or photographs used to illustrate the points that are made? Are they convincing to you? That is, do they support the points made? [Be prepared to show them to your classmates.]

Is the information that is provided convincing to you? Why or why not?

Do you think it’s biased in any way?

Do you find any of the information or advice surprising or difficult to accept? Why?

Would you recommend this page / site as a place to find authoritative information about how to eat a balanced diet? Why?

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