# Considering what we’ve learned with energy balance & obesity (chapter 7), discuss why carbs have been given a bad reputation with regard to their relationship to weight control.

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Learning Objective 6: Recall the health concerns about carbohydrates: empty calories, obesity, tooth decay and analyze the validity of these claims.
Considering what we’ve learned with Energy Balance & Obesity (chapter 7), discuss why carbs have been given a bad reputation with regard to their relationship to weight control. What arguments would you make for or against carbs and obesity? There’s also important information about carbohydrates in Chapter 3 of your text. Include in your discussion the role of carbohydrates in our diet and also the important nutrients that are found in complex carbs (grain, vegetables, fruits).
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aLearning Objective 3: Identify good sources of complex carbs and fiber and describe benefits of each.
Plan a one day menu that has at least 25 grams of fiber (but no more than 50 grams), at least 50% total calories from carbs, and a minimum of 1800 calories. The menu should be well balanced: contain foods from all food groups, but emphasis on fiber and complex carbs.
Arrange foods into meals, list the amount, calories, grams of carbs, grams of fiber for each food. Please see 7.6 (follows this assignment) for the correct format for the Carbs & Fiber menu.
Create a menu format as follows:
Morning:
Food Serving size Grams Carbs Grams Fiber Calories
Oatmeal 1 cup 19 3 100
Include total amounts for: Grams carbs, grams fiber, and calories for the day.
To calculate % calories from carbs,
Mulltiply carb grams X 4 (calories/gram),
Divide that amount by total calories and multiply by 100 or move the decimal point 2 places. Example: If your menu has 300 grams of carbs X 4 calories/gram = 1200 calories from carbs. If your total calories for the day = 1800, then 1200 calories divided by 1800 = 66.6% calories from carbs.
Example of computing % calories from carbs: Suppose the total carb grams for the day is 300 grams, multiply by 4 = 1200 calories from carbs. If the total calories from all foods for the day = 2000 calories. Divide 1200 by 2000 = 60% calories from carbs.
Fiber grams are added together to give a total in grams for the day.
Here is a chart with fiber content of various foods. If you use plenty of complex carbs (fruit, vegetables, grains), you should be able to put together a menu that works for our assignment. Fiber Content of Foods.jpg