If you're like most Americans, chances are you turn to a product's nutrition label for guidance on whether or not it's good for you. A 2010 American Dietetic Association study (with over 10,000 participants) found that 61.6 percent of respondents regularly examined the Nutrition Facts Panel. And with 2011 marking the 20th anniversary of required nutrition labels on products, most of us have gotten pretty good at scanning the label to find out the calories, fat, sugar, and vitamin content in our favorite foods.
Last week, I introduced the USDA's new MyPlate program and discussed ways to choose healthy foods in each food group (check out the post here if you missed it). This week in Part 2 of Maximizing MyPlate Guidelines, I'll dive deeper into new recommendations for calories, sodium, and added sugar intake.
We here at ShopWell applaud the USDA for creating straightforward, actionable guidelines to help us reach our food and nutrition goals. The information found at ChooseMyPlate.gov brings one's attention back to foods at each meal by asking Americans to fill a quarter of their plates each with vegetables, fruits, protein, and grains and have a serving of dairy on the side.
ShopWell embraces the power of the list by letting you create and customize your own lists of foods. We've recently updated the Lists feature to make them more powerful and more fun to use. Check out these latest improvements!
ShopWell is pleased to announce that our head dietitian, Marci Harnischfeger, MS, RD, received a great writeup from Rob Masterson of Nutrition Lately in the monthly "RD in the Limelight." Rob is a Registered Dietitian (RD), freelance writer, and blogger.
You may have noticed that we have a whole new look at www.shopwell.com. We've redesigned our Welcome Page to be cleaner, clearer and more fun. Let us know what you think!
With the news of the current egg recall, it’s good time to talk about food safety. Uncooked shell eggs and raw meat, fish, poultry and seafood always carry a risk of foodborne illness, so following a few simple tips can help decrease your risk.
The American Heart Association recommends Americans consume less than 1500mg of sodium per day. Why is this important? A low sodium diet can help you maintain a healthy blood pressure and help you reduce your chance of developing heart disease.