eating diary

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A daily record of all food eaten. An eating diary usually includes the time of day that eating or drinking took place, rough estimates of the amounts ingested, and the diarist's feelings. For example:DATE:TimeFood and drinks consumedLocationFeelings/mood



Food and drinks consumed



The eating or food diary is used by nutritionists, dietitians, and food researchers to study what people eat and the relationship between diet, health, and well being. The diary should record everything you consume (even the ‘naughty-but-nice’ treats you would rather keep secret), not just what you think you should consume. If compiled honestly, the record can be used to analyse the nutritional content of the diet, and identify ways in which it could be improved. It can also be used to identify the foods responsible for a food intolerance. A person showing symptoms of intolerance records everything eaten in a meal and any symptoms that develop. Foods associated with unpleasant symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, irritability, nausea, and sneezing, are avoided and replaced by a nutritionally equivalent substitute (e.g. dairy products may be replaced by soya milk products).

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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