You wake up in the morning and you have to make a decision about what you are going to eat for breakfast. You are hungry and you are in a rush to get out the door. What is the best meal to eat? Do you need carbohydrates for your energy, or do you need protein for your muscles? What about fat? You finally decide to have a cup of coffee and an egg and bacon sandwich on a bagel at the nearest Tim Horton’s (Links to an external site.). Later that evening you watch this piece on the American diet: CBSNews. (2015). Is low-carb or low fat better for your health? (Links to an external site.) [05:10 minutes]
After watching the video, share your ideas about the following brainstorm question based on your opinion or your own experiences. Begin immediately without completing your reading, no later than Monday or Tuesday.
- Thinking about your own dietary choices in your daily life, what do you think about when making these decisions?
For the second part of this discussion, apply what you have learned from the course materials for this module and your own research. We’ll complete this discussion together, as each of us weighs in on the following topics. (Begin contributing on Wednesday):
- The category of macronutrients includes carbohydrates, fats and proteins and we know we need them in sufficient quantities in order to survive. Which of these three categories is the one our body will utilize first for our most immediate energy needs?
- When we ingest more macronutrients than we need for the day what happens to these excess macronutrients?
- During periods of starvation, in what order will our body use the energy it has stored to prepare for this possible event?
- Now that you have educated yourself on carbohydrates, fats and proteins this week, choose the type of diet from this list, and give an example of how you would advise someone that it is the most reasonable for the average adult? Read other’s posts to see what you may not have considered in your own recommendation to make it persuasive.
- High fat, low carb, and high protein
- Low fat, high carb, and low protein
- Low fiber, low carb, and low protein