• Healthcare professionals would be thrilled if individuals made decisions about what to eat based on a solid knowledge of what constitutes a “healthy diet.” Unfortunately, that is not typically the case. Many people do not know what constitutes a healthy diet. There are also those who do know but make less healthy choices for several reasons.

    The food choices that people make are influenced by a variety of factors. Factor categories include, but are not limited to, environmental cues, socioeconomic realities, cultural/religious beliefs, and the availability of foods in the community.
    In a 3-page paper, written in APA format using proper spelling/grammar, address the following:

    1. Explain what nutrition is and why it is important.
    2. Describe the characteristics of a healthy diet and provide supporting examples.
    3. Identify at least two (2) factors (other than culture) that can impact a person’s food choices and provide a specific example for each.
    4. Research a culture (e.g., ethnic, religious, dietary) where specific food restrictions are dictated and address the following:
    5. Describe the restrictions.
    6. Explain how the restrictions could make it difficult for an individual to achieve a healthy diet.
    7. What dietary alternatives could be incorporated to overcome the dietary restrictions?
    8. Cite at least 3 credible references and present the resources in APA format on the References page. 
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