31 Days - March 18: Read those Labels!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Today, Spark tells us to:
Get the nutrition facts. The front of a
package won't tell you the whole story.
Read labels and compare
key nutrients calories,
serving size, fat, fiber,
ingredients to make
the best choice.
This is great advice. You know when you are in the aisle with all the "natural" or "whole" or "energy" foods? They are all packaged in such a "green" way, it just makes you feel that everything inside of every one of those packages is fabulous for you. And I'm not saying it's not, but take a peek at the nutritional information, and you might not be so quick to put those foods in your basket.
First, of course, is my favorite pet peeve, the sodium count.. Sometimes it is simply obscene.
But also look at the calorie, carb, fat and sugar content.. I always had this thought in my brain that there is no better cold breakfast cereal than granola..until one day I read the nutritional information. The serving size for a 200 calorie serving is about 1/3 cup on some of those cereals..yikes!!!
A similar issue arises when you go into a restaurant and order what you think would be a healthy choice off the menu.. then you go home and look it up to put it in the tracker and you practically need to be resuscitated..it's happened to me enough to no longer guess from the contents on a menu and ask the server if they have a nutrition chart for their menu.. Most "chain" restaurants do, and many even put the nutritional info on their menus these days..
I'm not saying that you can never eat food that would not traditionally be considered "good" for you, but when you indulge in such foods, know you are indulging! So read, read, read, and, as a corollary, ask, ask, ask!!!
Have a Sparky day!