Author, Dietitian and Nutrition expert Melanie Jatsek says keep it simple.
To keep it quick and simple, there are five specific nutrients you should pay attention to when evaluating any food label: saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, fiber and sugar. Aim for the following numbers per serving:
1 gram or less
0 grams + no ‘partially hydrogenated oils’, ‘hydrogenated oils’ or ‘shortening’ in the ingredients list
Less than 140 mg
3 grams or more
10 grams or less
The bottom line: It’s all about balance! Not all foods will fit under these guidelines. For example, a serving of cheddar cheese has 6 grams of saturated fat, 170 mg of sodium and 0 grams of fiber, but it also offers a healthy dose of calcium! Shop wisely by steering your cart along the perimeter of the grocery store and you will automatically make better food choices.
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