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:
Obtain nutritional information on menu items.
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.
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.)
Develop a PowerPoint presentation (which will be presented to the class) that contains slides on:
nutritional content of a healthy diet for a teenager including how much of each organic macromolecule should be obtained
an introduction to your fast food restaurant
nutritional content of two average meals (make sure to point out the organic macrmolecules)