Food Choices



You are hungry, but tired after a long day of school and work. You have various choices for dinner, in terms of both nutrition and finance. You’re carpooling with a group of friends and need to pick a place to eat. Based on the nutrients you will get out of the meal, possible health costs associated with your food choice, and how much the meal costs you will pick a place to eat. 


At the end, weighing all of the factors, you will have to decide what and where y'all will eat dinner.



This will be done as a jigsaw. Each group will receive three restaurant options. One person will be responsible for selecting 3 meals from McDonald's and choosing the most healthy yet also cost effective meal, someone else will do the same from Subway, and the third person three meals from Taco Bell. Each meal must include a drink, a main course, and a side. 


You need to say: 1) what you are eating, 2) what nutrients will come from the meal (specifics of how many amino acids, how much saturated vs. unsaturated fat, which vitamins and minerals), and 3) how this stacks up to the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). 

Once each person has found the healthiest option you should compare your meals and select the single best option. The three of you will continue with that one meal. 

For that meal you will look at common health problems that can stem from diets rich in fats or in salts, and diets poor in essential amino acids or certain vitamins and minerals. Two people will look into these issues, since there are a large number of them. The McDonald’s and Subway people will take on this responsibility.

Finally, determine for each of the major macromolecules, where they are being digested, and which organs are involved. The Taco Bell person will take on this responsibility.

Nutrition Aspect - Nutrient Data Laboratory (This site will give you the nutritional value for each food); 

Nutrional Values for Subway

McDonald's Nutrional Values

Taco Bell Nutrional Values  

You may choose three different restaurants, but they should be available in your area, fast food, and in the same basic price range as these options.

 RDA recommendations, a more personalized RDA by gender and age              

Health Monitoring  - Vitamin A information;  Vitamin D information;  Fats information; Sodium information;  Sodium, second source;  Iron information; Vitamin C; Vitamin B-12 ; Obesity                                    

Digestion Component - Digestion of starches;  Digestion of proteins;  Guide to protein digestion

Digestion of lipids

GRADE: Evaluation

When all is said and done you should indicate which restaurant is the best (or least bad). Tell: 1) what you would order, 2) how much it will cost, 3) what nutritional value it has, 4) what it is high in that should be avoided and/or what it is low in that is necessary, 5) what health risks stem from that, 6) which macromolecules are in the food, and 7) where is each digested.

Use this sheet to fill to help you finish the assignment. Please download the document from Google Docs. You will submit through Blackboard.


As busy students, hopefully you realize issues beyond the monetary cost of the food you eat. Sometimes we make decisions because they are fast, easy, and don’t cost a lot, short-term, in terms of money. There are, however, long-term implications of the decisions we make today. Welcome to the world beyond the blissful ignorance, and may good choices be yours to make!

You may choose to work alone, but you still must complete the entire project!

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