Average Percentages in Typical Meals of Three Types of Nutrients

Lilie King

Lilie King

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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.

average percentages in typical meals of three types of nutrients

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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How to Vary Your Language

eat
  • consume

Example     Sodium is consumed most at dinner.

  • take in

Example     Sodium is taken in most at dinner.

  • consumption

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

  • intake

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

How to Describe the Biggest Categories

  • 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.
  • Sodium consumption is highest at dinner. (Not ‘the highest’)
  • Dinner accounts for the largest proportion of total sodium intake.
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