When a label on an item of food or a beverage says low fat or diet, it’s actually telling the truth. But it’s the stuff that is written on the side and the back of the label that you really want to understand. Today I want to share a few “thoughts” with you guys on what you should be looking for on your food labels when it comes to making sure that you are eating healthy.
Eat Healthy: Count Calories
As boring as it may be to start with the first thing you want to look at when looking for healthy food is how many calories what you are looking at contains. This can be quite confusing as there will be numbers usually for how many calories in the entire box and how many in a suggested serving. Eating healthy and losing weight is all about burning more calories than you consume. So make sure to count those calories.
Eat Healthy: Look At The Serving Size
Most times a product be it food or a drink will have more in it than what they say the suggested serving size is. For example most bottles of juice, soda or whatever will have around three servings per bottle. So you know by looking at that, you do not want to drink the whole bottle in one sitting. By eating the right amount for one serving you are taking away the risk of you over eating.
Eat Healthy: Have Fiber In Your Daily Menu
Studies have shown time and time again that eating fiber is a great thing to do and in most cases people whose diets have a high fiber count will lose weight and in general be more healthy. The number that you want to be looking at here is around 5 grams of fiber per serving. If you want to eat healthily then making sure your food has high fiber number is key. Filling up on fiber keeps your body running right and also keeps the unhealthy snack cravings away.
Eat Healthy: Watch Out For Bad Fats
Your body needs fat to function properly, the problem that many people have though is knowing what is good fat and what is bad fat. The fats that you want to avoid in your food are trans fats. If you have a healthy diet then you want to look at foods that have zero trans fats. And you also want to make sure that the saturated fat count is fairly low also. Things like junk food have a very high “bad” fat count. So remember look out for trans fats and saturated fat.
Eat Healthy: Low Sodium Food
Most people’s sodium intake is far too high. The average person should have a sodium intake of 2,000 mg. So your main meals that you are eat should have around 500 mg in them. Most of the sodium that goes into people’s bodies comes from the processed foods that they eat.
Eat Healthy: Look For Sugar
If you want to eat healthy then even a person with minimal knowledge of healthy food will know that you want to take it easy on the sugar. Some foods though like yogurt for example can be rather high in “natural” sugar. So in this case you would want to make sure there are no extra artificial sweeteners in there.
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