Fight Child Obesity

March 11, 2016

Obesity levels for children are climbing to all-time highs. Schools communities, and parents are getting concerned and trying to helps young people eat healthier meals.

According to registered dietitian Shirley Blakely you need to look at two things in the supermarket aisles which are:

  • The Nutrition label on a product – This shows the number of nutrients based on the daily percentage you need as well as the calories in the food.
  • The ingredients of all packaged and prepared foods on the label – Every ingredient that went into making the product is listed on this label. The predominant ingredients are listed first followed by the others in order.

If your kids eat cereal and there’s a grain in that cereal like oats, or corn listed first, then this indicates that the cereal is healthier. If sugar is listed first, the cereal isn’t that good for your child.

Sugar might not be an additive because fruit for example, are full of natural sugars. If you look on canned fruit labels like pineapple, raisins, or prunes for example, you’ll see sugar listed, but this is because the fruit is full of naturally occurring sugar.

Fresh fruit in the produce aisle doesn’t contain any labels so if you want to know the calories or nutrients then you need to lo ok for the food online.

When you read the label, you need to look at three things:

The serving size— One container isn’t usually regarded as one serving of the food in the package. If you want one serving as listed on the package then you need to measure the food out and eat from a bowl or plate and not directly from the package.

The Percent Daily Value—This tells you what percentage of the recommended daily requirement of each nutrient is contained in one serving of a food. This is based on the amount of each nutrient recommendation for one day. 5 percent or less is considered low, while 20 percent or more is considered high.

The Nutrients— You want to choose a wide variety of nutrient dense foods. You want about 20 percent or more of protein, some essential vitamins and minerals (such as vitamin C and calcium) and fiber, in a single serving. You want to limit your intake of saturated fats as well as sodium to 5 percent or less per each serving of food. You want 0 trans-fat, or trans-fatty acids.—This is a harmful fat raises (LDL) or your bad cholesterol and lowers the good cholesterol or (HDL).

Eating well at home is just one part of being healthy. About one-third of all calories consumed in the day are eaten out of the home. The FDA wants to move forward with labeling on menu boards and menus for retail food establishments, some chain restaurants, and vending machines too. These new rules would help consumers and provide them with more information on the food choices that they make out of the home

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