Nutrition Facts Labels

May 16, 2013

When you’re walking down the aisles of a supermarket, it’s not unusual to see fellow shoppers reading the information on the back of a food package, box or can.  They might want to know how many calories are in the food, or they might be watching their sodium intake.

They could be trying to limit sugars and eat more dietary fiber. Or they could be parents trying to make the most nutritious choices for their children.

All this information is available thanks to an important addition to food packaging that was introduced to the American public 20 years ago: the Nutrition Facts label. This familiar rectangular box provides, in a standard format, important information about the nutritional content for most packaged foods, including breads, cereals, canned and frozen foods, snacks, desserts and drinks.

“It was revolutionary,” says Jessica Leighton, Ph.D., senior nutrition science and policy advisor in FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine. “For the first time, people had consistent information they need right at the point of purchase for the majority of packaged food products.”

In the years since FDA issued the final rule for this labeling on Jan. 6, 1993, the Nutrition Facts label has influenced many companies to make their foods more healthful. Additionally, notes Claudine Kavanaugh, Ph.D.,M.P.H.,R.D., a scientist at the agency, “FDA was really a trailblazer in nutrition labeling. The Nutrition Facts label has been adapted by countries around the world that have chosen to mandate food.

Label Use Increasing

The Nutrition Facts label was mandated after passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990. Before it became standard practice, manufacturers provided nutritional information on a voluntary basis that wasn’t consistent from product to product, explains Felicia Billingslea, M.S., director of FDA’s food labeling and standards staff.

“The label is all about the attributes of the food,” says Billingslea. “It’s not to say that this is a good food or a bad food. It provides information that consumers can use and rely upon in developing healthful diets for themselves.”

FDA survey data shows that use of the Nutrition Facts label has been increasing. In comparing the Health and Diet Survey conducted in 2002 with the most recent one conducted in 2008, the percentage of consumers reporting that they often use the label rose from 44 to 54 percent.

This usage has influenced many companies to change their ingredients to make the foods more healthful and thus more appealing to many consumers.

FDA cites as an example the decrease in consumption of trans fat, which has been linked to heart disease, primarily because of a decrease in manufacturers’ use of partially hydrogenated oils. From the late 1990s to 2010, trans fat intake in adults decreased from 4.6 grams to 1.3 grams per day, with most of the reduction occurring after trans fat was added to the food label in 2003.


Immune System

September 19, 2012

Winter season is approaching, it’s time to take care of your health and improve your immune system in order to prevent all those colds.

Your immune cells can lose some of their protective effects when your body is constantly battling negative health habits such as a poor diet, little sleep, and too much stress. As such, it’s not surprising that doctors frequently recommend certain lifestyle changes as a way to optimize the function of your immune system.

According to the Harvard University, your first line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these:

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Control your blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
  • Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age group and risk category.

Improve Male Health

June 23, 2011

Men now don’t have to sit alone with their problems, as there are some methods to improve male health. Nowadays men can make use of incredible achievements in male health science, which can enhance their potency, number of sperm cells and can make the orgasm stronger. Scientific findings open various ways of coping with issues men face. Sitting on the fence isn’t popular anymore.

Specialists and consultants in men’s health assert that it’s possible to improve male health with the help of special supplements. Such dietary supplements are the results of last decades researches, they have all the necessary certificates and that is why unlike harmful supplements they are absolutely safe. Although many different methods have been examined, dietary supplements are considered to be a safe and handy method. Much attention has recently been paid to enhancement exercises and their usefulness. Nonetheless, supplements are far more effective.

Today you may discover many proposals at the health products market. The products ingredients are created in such manner that they provide the best realization of your dream to improve male health as well. These products will help you experience stronger and longer orgasms, increase sperm production and enhance the look of sperm by making it whiter and healthier. Moreover, it’ll make the desired effect on your ejaculation and contraction strength. You’ll notice nice changes in your life, become more responsive and confident.

Tips to Improve Male Health

  • One more very simple way is just daily drinking a lot of water.
  • Physical trainings can also help you if they are regular.
  • Be more careful to your menu and make choice in favor of nutritional diet instead of unhealthy snacks and processed products.
  • If not quit, then at least control your smoking habits. The harm smoking does to semen count and volume as well as libido in general is scientifically proven.
  • Alcohol is another habit you will have to control. Try to use it in moderate amounts.
  • Be careful with medications. Medicine overdose can be very harmful for male health.
  • Don’t underestimate what rest means for you. It is necessary for your health as well as good sleep.
  • And one of the most important things is to have an active life. It is the best and the most natural way to keep your hormones at the required level and to be fit.

All the ways to improve male health mentioned above are useful to follow. But the best way is taking any sort of natural supplements from general male health products to special volume pills. Their effect was proved by doctors and more obvious. Thus, if you realize you need to improve male health, just have the courage to make the first step and choose the method that will suit you best.