Our Eating Habits Need Help!

     Fast food, high-calorie desserts, sweet drinks, and more have filled us up, and out. 

Most adults and 1 in 3 children in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Just two problem foods, solid fats and added sugars, count for about 800 of our daily calories. 

     Cut back on fast foods and refined grains, like white bread. While you're at it, cut down on sodium (salt), too. Most of us get too much, raising our chances of high blood pressure and heart and kidney disease. Add more nutritious foods to your diet. Instead of fatty meats, choose lean protein and seafood. Shoot for at least 8 ounces of fish a week. Instead of solid fats like butter or margarine, use olive, canola, and other oils that are good for your waistline and heart. Instead of baked goods and cereals with all white or refined grains, make at least half of your grains whole grainsOther healthy choices: nonfat or low-fat dairy foods, eggs, beans, and lots of fruits and vegetables.

     Looking at the labels of foods before you buy them and watching portion sizes can be two of the best ways to ensure you are eating healthy and to loose weight. If you are keeping track of calories make sure to follow the tips below and look at Serving Size. Actually measure out your servings. Also, foods high in Dietary Fiber tend to be healthier. 

Explore below to learn more about labels and nutrients.

Reading a Label

Vitamins

Trans Fats

Cholesterol

Minerals

Carbohydrates

Total Fat

Sugar Alcohols

Protein

Saturated Fat

Monounsaturated Fat

Glossary