Reading the Food Labels for the Holidays – Part 2

happy holidays

The holidays are here and this is time for home cook meals with families and friends.  It is so important to start reading your food labels before cooking your meals.  Here is some more information about what to look for on a food label.

Total Carbohydrate

The total carbohydrate is a total of all the starch, sugars, and fiber in a serving of food.  You don’t need to single out sugar, just focus on the total carbohydrate number.  One slice of bread has 15 grams of carbohydrate, or “1 carb choice”.  Use this number to get a better sense of what the amount of total carbohydrate means on a label.  on the sample label shown, 1/2 pita has 19 grams of total carbohydrate, which is equal to about 1 carb choice.

Fiber

Eating 20 to 30 grams of dietary fiber a day can be good for your health.  When shopping for crackers, breads, or cereals, compare labels to find one that is higher in dietary fiber.  A food is a good source of fiber if it has 2.5 grams or more of fiber in a serving.

So this week, enjoy your wonderful Christmas and Kwanzaa holidays!  Make them a very happy and healthy one!

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