The answer to the question is in the word “benefit” which comes from the Latin bene facere: to do good and something that promotes well being.
I think all of us understand that fruits and vegetables contribute to our health but how do we decipher the nutrition facts label and ingredient lists? Many have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre diabetes and have a high cholesterol or high blood pressure as well. You may have received some information at a medical appointment to “cut out” salt, sugar, and fat. This would lead you to believe that you are relegated to a bland diet limited to vegetables , legumes, chicken and fish….and don’t even think about dessert!
The above-mentioned foods are healthy choices and there is a plethora of recipes that boost flavor and provide variety. Most of us, however, enjoy more diversity in our diets.
The modern day American supermarkets are large, internationally diverse, clean and well-stocked. Food companies pay to have their products displayed for sale. Placement and visual appeal of products are key to consumers selections. We are fortunate to have food labeling in this country. We just need some guidelines to navigate the marketplace.
I hope to convert you into being a “Label Detective” by giving you guidelines for sodium, saturated fat, calories and carbohydrate choices and providing some guidance in applying those guidelines to your shopping experience.
What will you learn?
How to eat well and manage blood sugar, blood pressure, and weight management recommendations.
Which cuts of meat are heart healthy.
Going beyond the visual appeal of processed ood
Meal planning tips that will save you $$
Resources for nutrition information regarding products, foods, food production
The importance of GMO labeling.
Changing our attitudes and behaviors surrounding food is difficult
Small changes over time can lead to improved health and more energy in our lives!
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can help make these changes easier to implement and sustainable.
For your health!
Charmaine Vincent Haan, RDN, LD/N,CDE
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