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Task 1 Report: Nutrition of Meals

Question: The charts above show the average percentages in typical meals of three types of nutrients, all of which may be unhealthy if eaten too much. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

Band 8+ Sample Answer:

(Intro and Overview) The bar charts illustrate the average proportions of sodium, saturated fats and sugars in American meals. Overall, sodium and fats were consumed the most for dinner, while the highest percentage of sugar was eaten in snacks. Moreover, breakfast was the meal with the lowest fat, sodium and sugar content.

(Detail 1) Looking at the detail, American breakfasts contained 16% of fats and sugars each, closely followed by the figure for sodium, at 14%. Snacks between meals provided the same amount of sodium as breakfast, but the proportions for fats and sugars were much higher, at 21% and 42% respectively. Snacks tended to be sugary, encompassing the highest proportion of sugars out of four meals, nearly doubling the figure for dinner (23%), which stood at the second place.

(Detail 2) Lunch and dinner shared a similar nutritional breakdown with larger proportions of sodium (29% for lunch and 43% for dinner) and unhealthy fats (26% for lunch and 37% for dinner). Just 19% and 23% of total sugars in a day were added through eating lunch and dinner food respectively. (175 words).

Words: Student Report, fully corrected and upgraded by Nick Kemp, former IELTS Examiner.

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