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Monday, January 23, 2012

You Won't Have To Work You Butt Off To Lose Weight, When You Read Food Labels Correctly

Most folks don't realize how easy it is to unintentionally overeat. One of the main causes of "accidental eating" is a lack of understanding of food labels. Would you read an instructional book without looking at the table of contents? You'd miss out on vital information. If you go to a movie without having any idea what it's about, you may just waste $8.00 and two hours of your valuable time.

The food label provides information about the nutritional content of foods. The label lists: calories per serving, serving size, servings per container, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, fiber, sugars, protein, vitamins, minerals.

Wow! That is a great deal of information. However, if you don't take the time to consult the label, or if you don't understand what the numbers mean, the information is worthless.

Let's take a brief look at three of the items and how to interpret the information provided:

1. Calories per serving. We all know the importance of calories. They're those mysterious little items that cause us to gain weight. However, one of the most important and yet, most overlooked, pieces of information on the label is serving size. This means that you'd better make sure that the food manufacturer and you agree as to exactly how much of this item you should eat. Yes, they really are saying that this muffin that you're holding in your hands, for example, is meant for two and one half people to share! Maybe a piece of the muffin actually is a reasonable portion, since it's the size of Aunt Martha's Easter hat, but the fact is, we don't usually think in terms of dividing up what is typically a one-person serving of food! This is how you can accidentally consume 450 calories when you thought you were just having a snack to tide you over!

2. Servings per container. OK, you have a sack of Uncle Milt's bacon flavored, butter-drizzled, deep fried potato chips in front of you. The servings per container is eighteen. What does that mean? Not much until you consult the next piece of information: serving size.

3. Serving size. How much of the container constitutes your share? All of it? Half of it? Would you believe nine chips? That's ridiculous! However, fair is fair! The information is there for you. It's your choice if you want to eat the whole bag. Just know what you're doing.

We're a nation of heavyweights, folks. We need to get a handle on this problem for our health and for that of our children.

Sue Bristol, R.N. You don't need to "work your butt off" to lose weight!

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