In general, I think it can be assumed that most teenagers – most people, even – don’t pay much attention to food labels.
And maybe that’s one of the reasons that obesity is a problem in America. Let’s face it, most of us are probably clueless to what those numbers mean and don’t care enough to find out. I liked that this project brought my eating habits to my attention and I thought it was interesting to see them compared to the recommended intake of nutrients.
I wasn’t particularly surprised by my results, and I think they were pretty accurate. My calorie intake was a bit below the recommended daily value, but I since I don’t exercise excessively, I think I intake the right amount of calories for me personally. My total fat intake was within the recommended range, but it was higher than I expected. My sodium and protein intake were both higher than the recommended value, but that doesn’t overly concern me because I think it was just a result of what I had eaten on that particular day, and isn’t a very correct representation of how I normally eat. My fiber intake caught my attention, because I eat less than half of the amount I’m suppose to eat, so I think I’ll pay a bit more attention to that in the future.
I thought that this unit in general was very interesting; it wasn’t exactly something I expected to be learning about in English. Through the documentaries, reading, and responding, I found out a lot I didn’t know about the food that goes into my mouth. I think that this unit has made me to be more aware of what I eat, for both health and safety reasons.