Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Little or A Lot

A great place to start changing your food choices is to start comparing labels at the grocery store. The Nutrition Facts give you information on serving size, calories, and 13 core nutrients.

If you're not sure what you're looking for, start with the % Daily Value (%DV). This will help you see if the serving size has a little or a lot of a specific nutrient.

5% DV or less is a LITTLE
15% DV or more is a LOT
Keep those numbers in mind and choose less fat, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium. Choose more fibre, vitamin A, calcium, and iron.

Next time you're at the grocery store just start comparing a few of your favourite items (crackers, cereal, yogurt, etc.). Gradually you will get used to looking at labels and will decide what is important to your health and what makes a healthier choice for you.

Steph Wheler