The Charts Below Show the Average Percentages in Typical Meals

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The charts below show the average percentages in typical meals of three types of nutrients, all of which may be unhealthy if eaten too much.

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 14 Test 1 Writing Task 1.

The Charts Below Show the Average Percentages in Typical Meals

Sample Essay

The pie charts display the average proportions of 3 categories of nutrients consumed in typical meals, all of which may be harmful to health if over-consumed.

Overall, while the intake of sodium and saturated fat is higher at dinner than at any other meal, added sugar is eaten most in snacks.

Sodium consumption is highest at dinner and second highest at lunch, making up 43 and 29 percent of total sodium consumption respectively. The proportions of this type of nutrient taken in at snack time and breakfast are the same, both at 14 percent. Dinner and lunch also account for the largest and the second largest proportions of total saturated fat intake respectively, at 37 and 26 percent. However, a greater proportion is eaten at snack time than at breakfast at 21 and 16 percent respectively.

Compared with the other two nutrients, added sugar has a relatively low consumption level at dinner, at 23 percent. It is snacks that are the greatest source of sugar intake, at 42 percent.  However, like the other nutrients, it is also consumed least at breakfast, at only 16 percent.

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Example     Sodium is consumed most at dinner.

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Example     Sodium is taken in most at dinner.

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Example     Dinner accounts for the largest proportion of total sodium consumption.

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Example     Dinner accounts for the largest proportion of total sodium intake.

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  • Dinner is the greatest source of sodium intake.
  • The intake of sodium is higher at dinner than at any other meal.
  • Sodium is taken in most at dinner.
  • Dinner accounts for the largest proportion of total sodium intake.
  • Sodium consumption is highest at dinner.
🔻 Note that here I used ‘highest’, not ‘the highest’. We tend to use “highest” without “the” when we are comparing something with itself in different circumstances. Here, we’re not comparing sodium consumption with the consumption of other types of nutrients. We are comparing sodium consumption at dinner with that at other meals.
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2 Responses

  1. The chart illustrate the average proportion of three types of nutrients in typical meals, which may be unhealthy if consumed too much. The three nutrients contain sodium, saturated fat and added sugar. This data is taken from United Stated of America.

    Overall, Sodium and saturated fat are heavily consumed in dinner whereas highest percentage of added sugar is consumed in snacks.

    Firstly, Sodium is taken in small amounts in breakfast and snacks about 14% in both whereas, in lunch it is doubled up to 29%. However, Sodium consumed in dinner is the highest with 43%. On the other hand, Saturated fat goes with same trend as sodium. 21% of saturated fat is present in snacks and 16% in breakfast. In lunch saturated fat is consumed of 26% of total nutrients, but in dinner saturated fat is consumed about 37% which is highest for saturated fat among other typical meals.

    Lastly, added sugars are largely taken in snacks about 42% and least in breakfast of 16%. In lunch and dinner, it is at 19% and 23% of total nutrients. Among all the typical meals, balanced meal is breakfast for consuming adequate amount of nutrients.

  2. The pie charts illustrate the average proportions of three categories of nutrients in typical meals which lead to bad health if there was a huge intake.
    Overall,while the consumption of sodium and saturated fat was the highest at dinner time,added sugar was eaten most in snacks.
    While considering the nutrients consumption for breakfast,intake of both saturated fat and added sugar were same at 16%,sodium consumption was less than 2% of the above nutrients.Sodium intake for lunch was 29% which was the highest and the least consumed nutrient was added sugar which was 19%.
    Sodium was consumed at a maximum rate 43% at dinner time and saturated fat was also closely consumed at 37%.It was the snacks that were the greatest source of added sugar intake,42%

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