Food for Thought: Nutrition labels

Everyone knows that eating healthy is important, but not everyone takes the time to read the nutritional labels on the packages of food. Registered dietitian

Everyone knows that eating healthy is important, but not everyone take the time to read the nutritional labels on the packages of food.

Everyone knows that eating healthy is important, but not everyone take the time to read the nutritional labels on the packages of food. (12/22/13)

THE BRONX - Everyone knows that eating healthy is important, but not everyone takes the time to read the nutritional labels on the packages of food.

Registered dietitian Rebecca Ditkoff says to look at the back of food labels, where important information is found.

She recommends people look out for Vitamins A and C, as well as calcium, which are listed on the bottom of the food label. She says those are really important for preventing osteoporosis, boosting immunity, and giving us antioxidants. She recommends people to aim for greater than 20 percent daily intake of these nutrients.

Ditkoff also recommends that people look for foods that list whole grains as their first ingredient.

She says if people see trans fats, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats on food labels, they should put the food down and walk away.

Ditkoff says to ignore the pretty packaging on the front of food, and pay attention to the nutrients on the food label.


 

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