Purpose: To investigate the nutritional value of “fast food” and how it relates to organic macromolecules. Components of the project



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1 Biology – Biochemistry Project

Fast Food Nutrition

Purpose: To investigate the nutritional value of “fast food” and how it relates to organic macromolecules.
Components of the project:
1) Research the latest nutritional guidelines, including the readjustment of the food pyramid. Base your fast food research on the diet recommended for a teenager. Start with www.mypyramid.gov.
2) Research the different types of organic macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids). Be able to explain how much of each teenagers use/need.
2) With a partner, select a fast food restaurant and investigate the nutritional value of its food:

  1. Obtain nutritional information on menu items.

  2. Identify the nutritional content of two average meals (two lunches or a lunch and a breakfast), including calories, grams of fat, types of fat, calories from fat, fiber, protein, carbohydrates, etc.

  3. Identify a nutritious meal (according to the newest guidelines) and its nutritional content. (If there is no nutritious meal that may be selected, identify the best meal nutritionally.)

  4. Develop a PowerPoint presentation (which will be presented to the class) that contains slides on:

  1. nutritional content of a healthy diet for a teenager including how much of each organic macromolecule should be obtained

  2. an introduction to your fast food restaurant

  3. nutritional content of two average meals (make sure to point out the organic macrmolecules)

  4. nutritional content of a healthy meal from the menu

  5. your rating of your restaurant (on a scale of 1 to 10) in meeting the nutritional guidelines of a healthy diet

  6. Develop a list/chart with nutritional content of the most common items that a teenager would eat from the menu.

  7. Explain in your presentation which meals supply you with the most energy and why.

  8. Explain in your presentation which meals you should eat if you are an active teenager (plays sports, etc) and why that is and which meals you would eat if you were a not so active teenager and why.


Some restaurants from which you may choose:


Burger King

Taco Bell

Chik-Fil-A

Krystal


Mrs. Winner’s

Checkers


Wendy’s

Steak and Shake

KFC

Church’s



Popeye’s

Arby’s


Captain D’s

Blimpie’s

Subway

Atlanta Bread Company



Panera Bread

Panda Express

Quizno’s

Moe’s


Long John Silver’s

Five Guys

Doc Green’s

Shane’s Rib Shack

Willy’s

Chipotle


Tin Drum Asia Cafe


1 Biology Project Group Sign-Up Sheet

Burger King ______________________ __________________________

Taco Bell ______________________ __________________________

Chick-Fil-A ______________________ __________________________

Krystal ______________________ __________________________

Mrs. Winner’s ______________________ __________________________

Checkers ______________________ __________________________

Wendy’s ______________________ __________________________

Steak and Shake ______________________ __________________________

KFC ______________________ __________________________

Church’s ______________________ __________________________

Popeye’s ______________________ __________________________

Arby’s ______________________ __________________________

Captain D’s ______________________ __________________________

Blimpie’s ______________________ __________________________

Subway ______________________ __________________________

Atlanta Bread Company ______________________ __________________________

Panera Bread ______________________ __________________________

Panda Express ______________________ __________________________

Quizno’s ______________________ __________________________

Moe’s ______________________ __________________________

Long John Silver’s ______________________ __________________________

Five Guys ______________________ __________________________

Doc Green’s ______________________ __________________________

Shane’s Rib Sack ______________________ __________________________

Willy’s ______________________ __________________________

Chipotle ______________________ __________________________

Tin Drum Asia Café ______________________ __________________________



Sign up with Mrs. Hamrick. Each group should have a different restaurant.


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