To read or not to read: that is the question. Of course we are talking about the nutrition label!

20 Jul


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I recently had the opportunity to attend a virtual class about the new nutrition label, given by our health and nutrition specialist from the University of Georgia, Ali Berg. The information we obtained during the class will help us educate our community about the new changes that we will begin to see in the summer of 2018.

But if we pay attention to the media, not a week goes by without listening a program or a report about to some health information that has to do with the way we eat. During an interview on one of the early morning news programs I heard about the debate about the sugar content and added sugar in almond milk and other milk types  we consume. The nutritional label we have available today specifies the total number of grams of sugar in the foods we choose. The new nutritional label, will provide additional information, specifying the amount of added sugar in the foods we purchase.

azucar   Do you know how much sugar do you consumed daily? A teaspoon has 4 grams of sugar, and each teaspoon adds about 15 calories to our daily diet. For example, a food containing 32 grams of sugar, has 8 teaspoons of sugar and about 120 empty calories that add no nutritional valuable to our diets. Some of these foods include some types of yogurt, muffins and even flavored waters.

While we wait for the new nutrition label, we should limit foods that are known as high sources of added sugars: sugary drinks, cookies, candies, cakes, pastries and ice cream. Of course they are delicious; but of course that they make us gain weight! While waiting for the long-awaited label changes we should try to reduce our consumption of sugar and keep it under control. That is about 10% of the total calories we eat each day. Let’s choose wisely for a better health. And … let’s keep reading! 




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