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revised-food-labels300The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just announced proposed changes to food labeling. Their proposal reflects concerns about the high obesity rate in the U.S. and the quality (or lack of quality) of the American diet.

The FDA is proposing that bigger, bolder print be used for the number of calories per serving. They also want to add a line item for grams of added sugar. Both of these are important changes. These are both good changes. Although calories aren’t the only thing that consumers should focus on, the reality is that it is important to many, many people. … Read the rest

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The most important thing you can do to improve your health is to learn how to read food labels. I really mean that. If you don’t know what you’re eating, how can you hope to maintain a healthy eating plan?

You may think you know how to read a food label, but let’s test that. What is the percent of fat calories in a glass of 2% low fat milk? This may seem like a trick question, but if you said 2%, then keep reading.

The term “2% Milkfat” on the carton refers to the percentage of fat by volume … Read the rest

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One of the first steps in creating a healthy eating plan is to understand what portion of your diet is fat calories. For packaged foods, the percentage of fat calories can be calculated quickly from the nutrition label on packaged foods. This information is required on almost all packaged foods by Federal regulation, so look for it. It is titled “Nutrition Facts” and may be located on a side or back panel, or in small letters just before the listing of ingredients on some smaller items. 

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I started off my Sunday morning by reading an article my wife had found in Woman’s World magazine. This article made a nutrition claim that just didn’t sound right, and I wanted to know more. They claimed that coconut oil is actually part of a healthy eating plan. This article even recommended that you consume 2-4 tbsp of coconut oil daily. How could that be, since I knew coconut oil was about 92% saturated fat. In fact it has the highest percentage of saturated fat of any common cooking oil. This article’s healthy diet tip just couldn’t be true, could … Read the rest

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