Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Read the Label
Posted by Alaina Conn
Most of us know this tip, but it always bears repeating...
Just because something is fat-free or sugar-free does not always mean it's good for you. I wish I could say food companies cared most about their customers' health, but unfortunately the bottom-line profit margin is more important to them.
If a product tries to tempt you with the word “free,” always turn it around and look at the nutrition label. Many foods that are fat-free are loaded with sugar (carbs!) to make them taste better. Likewise, sugar-free foods can be loaded with fat. Foods labeled fat-free are still allowed to have 0.5g of fat per serving. But what if you're eating more than one serving? The fat can easily add up.
Fat-free and sugar-free does not always equate to calorie-free or healthy! Be aware of what you are putting into your body. If you're really not sure what you're looking for, stick to whole, unprocessed foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and meats.
Still unsure? Atlas's Nutritionist can walk you through it, and come up with a nutritional plan for your goals.
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