Try to choose foods that have 5 g or more of fiber per serving

Select products that contain 100 juice.

What to look for

Try to choose foods that have 5 g or more of fiber per serving. Below the fat content section is the information on carbohydrates, fiber and sugars.We are constantly bombarded with news about how unhealthy the American diet has become and most of the know we need to make some changes. Next time you head to the grocery store, take a look at the label before you toss that package in your grocery cart. These can be listed as glucose, sucrose or fructose. Choose foods that are low in saturated fats and trans fats. In an effort to make the food appear more healthy by being lower in fat or calories, food companies will sometimes list an extremely small portion size. An ingredient is considered low if it is 5 or less, and high if it is 20 or more. Avoid those foods that list enriched ingredients or sugars first. The ‘ Daily Value’ is based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet. When choosing breads, look for those that contain 100 whole wheat. Choose foods that have high levels of healthy vitamins and minerals. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthy sweets such as grapes, apples, and strawberries. Don t be fooled by claims such as ‘healthy’ or ‘low fat’ on the front of the package. Try to keep your cholesterol intake to under 300 mg per day.

On juice containers check to see how much real juice they actually contain.

By paying attention to what we buy at the grocery store and learning to read labels, we can all take an important step towards a healthier life. Try to reduce your consumption of additional sugars. Some juices only contain 10 juice, the rest is sugar and water. A high fiber diet can also help with weight control, because the fiber helps one to feel fuller, more quickly. Check the nutrition label to make sure that these claims are true.

. It can also help to lower the risk of certain diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. If the first ingredients listed are ‘unbleached wheat flour, or unbleached enriched wheat flour’ then it is not whole wheat.

Ingredients on the package will be listed in order. But where do we start?

A good place to begin is by learning about what is in the foods we currently purchase.

Underneath the calorie section is the fat content section.

What the nutrition label tells you

The first thing to be aware of when reading a nutrition label is the serving size. Fiber can help with digestion, and regularity. So be aware of what they are calling a portion size.

The next thing listed on the nutrition label after the serving Polyester multifilament yarn size is the calorie amount and the ‘ Daily Value’ column. Look for high levels of iron, calcium and vitamins A and C. The ingredient in the greatest amount will be listed first and the smallest ingredient will be listed last. You may need to make adjustments if your calorie intake is more or less than 2000 calories per day.

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