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Assess how influences on dietary intake may affect the nutritional health of individuals.

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Assess how influences on dietary intake may affect the nutritional health of individuals. Most people are aware that a healthy diet is important to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other physical health problems. Firstly, money problems can have an effect on the foods that people buy. The reason for this is because healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables are more expensive than unhealthy foods such as McDonalds. In the case study in P3 Miss J had money problems and she wasn't able to provide enough food on the table for the kids as she was unemployed. Therefore she went for the cheapest food which was junk food. She was also suffering from malnutrition due to lack of nutrients that are necessary for the body to grow and stay healthy.

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Furthermore, when diagnosed with diabetes, the average person does alter their diet. Often they are instructed to consume sugar-free and fat-free foods. Unfortunately, for many individuals, sugar-free means using food items with aspartame or sucralose as the sweetener rather than just eliminating sugar-laden foods. Those processed foods that are fat-free typically have increased sodium or chemical sweeteners to "enhance" the flavor. So diabetes does affect our nutrition - often in a negative way. People with diabetes (and the general population) are encouraged to consume a variety of low GI foods each day. Examples of low GI foods include: Fruit loaf or fruit muffins multigrain bread porridge untoasted muesli crumpets pasta milk low fat fruit yoghurt baked beans (In case study 4, P3) Jenny was suffering from depression which led to eating once a day.

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These transform into energy quickly, essential for continued life and health. The only way to provide the body the right nutrients in the correct amounts is to eat a variety of fresh foods from each of the different groups of food. The healthiest person will follow a certain pattern of eating, with dairy, lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables and so on. Combined with a few glasses of clean water every day our bodies should be able to transform the nutrients in our food into the chemicals needed for health, growth and body maintenance. If Jenny keeps living the lifestyle she is now, she is more likely to become anorexia. It is therefore very important that she gets enough nutrition in her body and also eat more than one meal a day. ?? ?? ?? ?? Unit 21: Nutrition for Health & Social Care M2 Farhiyo Dehay Unit 21: Nutrition for Health & Social Care M2

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