Why We Eat What We Eat

Stephanie Jordan

External Influences

  • Newspaper
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Magazines
  • Internet
  • Prices
  • Food's Availability
  • Demand
  • Climate issues
  • Land Availability
  • Food Processing
  • Food Preparation

Individual Influences

  • Gender/Age
-Caloric Needs

-Nutritional needs

  • Health

-Activity Levels


  • Stress
  • Emotion
  • Appetite
Personal Likes & Dislikes-


  • Tacos-They have a good flavor and smell.
  • Sushi-I like it's texture and taste.
  • Tomatoes-I hate the texture.
  • Mustard-I hate the smell

Gross Tomatoes

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Healthy Food Choices

  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans- encourages individuals to eat a healthful diet. One that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent chronic disease.
  • Weight Management- helps you feel and look better, reaching a healthier body weight is good for your overall health and well being.
  • Physical Activity Needs
-Adults (18 to 64 years) should do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a moderate level OR 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a vigorous level.

-There is not a specific recommendation for the number of minutes young children (2-5 years) should be active each day. Young children should play actively several times each day. Their activity may happen in short bursts of time and not be all at once.

-Children and teens (6-17 years) should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. Most of the 60 minutes should be either moderate or vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity, and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.

“My Plate” compared to the “Food Pyramid”
  • While the basic nutritional guidelines for Americans remain the same, the USDA Plate and the old pyramid do have a few noticeable differences:
No mention of fats and oils-These appeared on the old pyramid, shown in small quantities with the message to eat these foods rarely or in small amounts.

Less emphasis on grains- The food pyramid was dominated by grains, which filled in the largest spot at the bottom of the pyramid in the original version, and the large orange vertical bar.

How To Use Nutritional Labels on Packages

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