This discussion board pertains to diets and macromolecules

This discussion board pertains to diets and macromolecules

In this discussion board, discuss why “diets” that completely limit or otherwise prohibit the consumption of certain food groups such as carbohydrates, fruits, protein, solid foods, fats, etc., are not wise alternatives to overall nutrition.  Generally, they are considered to be ” unhealthy” if used for more than a short-term basis.

 1. You will pick a “fad” diet and tell me all about it by describing what are you supposed to do in this so-called diet. This may take some research – and magazines this one time are ok to use when coming up with the fad diet. However, you must then find a peer-reviewed source to dispute the diet.

2. Dissect out the diet by relating its components back to what you have learned about the importance of macromolecules (aka proteins, carbohydrates and fats). This is where you will likely tell me what is wrong with the diet you found.

3. You may include in your discussion of what a healthy diet would have included things such as moderation and why  prolonged use or on-again-off-again misuse of these diets can be more detrimental than not dieting at all.

4. DO NOT just write a discussion board about a healthy diet or healthy lifestyle. If this is the discussion board you write, you will receive no credit.  Your goal is to find a bad – “fad” diet and essentially “make fun of it.”

5. No two people may use the same “fad” diet.   Please refrain from everyone referencing only the SouthBeach or Atkins diets.  There are thousands of diets out there, but what most have in common is that they do not pertain to is the overall needs for simple biochemistry in the body.  They also force the body to undergo a metabolic pathway it normally would not. This is why they are usually seen as “fads.”

6. You will need to include the source of the “fad” diet and the source of all info you used to tell me why it was unhealthy. This will likely include your textbook. Remember, all sources must be listed following MLA documentation.

Remember, I am looking for good discussions pertaining to all aspects of the topic. I am not looking for any one diet to be promoted as the “best.”  I also don’t want every student writing about every aspect I mentioned above. I do not want to see entries such as: “I agree with what he/she said, yeh, that sounds good, etc.”

Once a diet has been used, it is no longer available for discussion.

**Don’t forget the MLA citation for all sources consulted! This includes your reply to another student that must include facts about his/her diet.

** Don’t forget to reply to another student’s post in an educational manner by adding facts and/or comparing/contrasting it to the diet you wrote about.

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High Oxalate Diet


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In a scholarly article, it was reported that a 41 year old man had developed a damaged kidney when only 6 months prior he had been healthy. It was found  that he had started a diet consisting of beetroots, radishes and spinach. In the links I provided were articles promoting consumption of these for health benefits. They also advertise that these foods are great at helping with weight loss. Typically, someone looking to lose weight  is looking for the magic easy method that doesn’t exist. In this mans case he went overboard and began a diet that was high in oxalates. Oxalates form compounds in the body and for sensitive individuals can be damaging to certain organs that are in charge of filtering.

When oxalate is high and an individual is not hydrated, kidney stones can form. The man being observed in the article was mainly drinking tea and had a high oxalate diet so it is easy to see how he was having issues with his kidney. Extra oxylate in the kidneys leads to the oxylates sticking to the calcium inside the kidneys. This will decrease the functioning of the kidney and kidney stones. How this relates to our course is that oxylate affects the proper functioning of cells and disrupts homeostasis. For most people this diet would be okay and would not have adverse effects, but for sensitive people it will disrupt their body and its proper state.

Bsc, Sc Noonan, and Gp Savage Bsc(Hons), Phd, Nz Reg Nu. “Oxalate Content of Foods and Its Effect on Humans.” Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 8, no. 1, 1999, pp.

DoctorNDTV. “Beetroot And Spinach: Your Go-To Food For Healthy Eyes; Health Benefits And Nutrition Facts You Must Know.”, 24 Oct. 2018,

“Low Oxalate Diet – What You Need to Know.”,

Wallace, Hannah, et al. “A Fad Diet Causing Acute Kidney Injury.” Nephrology, vol. 23, no. 10, 2018, pp. 962–963.

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