Aug 31, 2011
Choosing healthy foods
- Check your labels. It is worth noting the following rules of thumb when checking food packaging:
|These amounts or less in 3 1/2 oz of a product, or per serving if a serving is less than 3.5 oz:
||These amounts or more in 3 1/2 oz of a product, or per serving if a serving is less than 3.5 oz :|
|0.07 oz of sugars
||0.35 oz of sugars|
|0.10 oz of fat||0.70 oz of fat|
|0.035 ozof saturated fat||0.175 oz of saturated fat|
For more information on food labels visit the FDA's Nutrition Facts Label Programs and Materials section.
- Eating out? Have a two course meal only, and go for a fruit-based starter instead of a dessert.
- Don’ t be fooled! A food that proclaims it’ s 85 per cent fat-free still has .52 oz of fat per 3.5 oz - and that’ s pretty high.
- Fast food favourites - choose a fresh fruit juice instead of a milk shake to cut down fats and sugar.
- You don’ t need to cut out cakes, chips, fries and biscuits - but most of us would benefit it we cut them down. Avoid eating them every day.
- Fish for health! Eat two portions of fish a week, with one portion oil-rich fish (mackerel, sardines or herring). Choose from fresh, frozen or canned