Brain Health Project: Nutrition

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Science
Subject:
Human Anatomy
Grade:
7,8,9

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Brain Health Project: Nutrition

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Brain Health:Protein For The Adolescent Brain

My science experement is focused on how much protein I get. As a vegetarian, I often wonder how much protein I should get as a caretaker of an adolescent brain. Hopefully my experiment will supply the minimum amount of protein teenage brain needs. I am keeping track of may data through an app called My Fitness Pal. All I have to do is record what foods I eat and My Fitness Pal will give the total amount of protein, calories, sugars,etc. that I had over the course of the whole day (see Protein graph to the right). To see how our brain reacts sto the change in diet, every 3-4 days we(class) took 2 quizzes during science; a Mad Minute multiplication recall, and a Human Benchmark memory test ( see Data Collection on the right). The adolescent rain need more nutrience than usual. Teenagers (adolescents)need to eat foods with 20-25% more protein, 20-30% more iron, and 20-30% more vitamins. I personaly feel that I am doing well with my protein and vitamins so I am focusing on protein. I only know that I need 20-25% more brorein, which is why i want to find the bare minimum amount of protien[1]. Also, different food diets can have different effects on your brain.The impact of (bad) nutrition can cause potential developement of Alzheimers Disease [2]; wlile Omega-3 acids provide many benefits including improving learning and memory skills and supporting synaptic plasticity [3].

Problem Can I improve my brain health if I eat more protein throughot the next 13 days?Research -Teens (adolescents) need 20-25% more protein [1]-Teens (adolescents) need 20-30% more iron[1]-Teens (adolescents) need a 20-30% increase in vitamins [1]Hypothesis If I consume foods with more protein, then my brain health will increase.Experiment:(Below)Materials-Food (vegetarian)-My Fitness Pal AppProcedure1) Eat food2)Record food in My Fitness Pal App3)Repeat for 13 daysObservations On day 5 I had a slight stumach ache, coincidentally, I only consumed 29 grams of protein that day.

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By: Joelie Garcia

[1] http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-eating/family-nutrition/brain-foods/smart-foods-teen-brains[2] http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/children-junk-food-may-limit-childrens-intelligence-and-learning-ability.html [3]http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/scientists-learn-how-food-affects-52668

Analysis In Section B (before test 3) I had my highest (77g)and lowest (29g) protein levels. Yet, Idid fairly well on test 3. This was most likely because the 77g of protein I had brought up the average. Another anomaly is how in section A, I had the highest amount of protein but the lowest test results.Throughout the course of 13 days, my test scores seemed to increase as I ate more (average) protein.Conclusion The hypothesis for my problem was "If I consume foods with more protein, then my brain health will increase." My hypothesis was supported. My collected data shows that when I eat a minimum of 35g of protein (per day), my brain will be healthy. For the most part, the more protein I eat/ate, the larger of an improvement was shown through testing data. The problem for my case study was "Can I improve my brain health if I eat more protein throughot the next 13 days?" My collected data shows that I can improve my brain health by eating more/healthy amounts of protein (35g minimum). A flaw (or error) in my experiment may be the way that that data groups (A,B,C,D) were avereged out( avereges were only calculated through sections and not days before). If I held this experiment again, I would have planned out my meals so there was a (larger) increase through out the 13 day time period. If I was to find further reasearch for my (future) experiment, I would try to find new, high-protein, vegetarian foods to expand my resourses.


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