Tag: nutrition facts label

8. Understanding Fats

Complex Chemistry
Making smart choices about fats and oils is not as simple as proponents of this product or that fad diet would have you believe. Common vegetable oils, as well as animal fats, such as butter, lard, and the fats in meat and dairy, contain a mix of different types

6. Smart Selections in the Dairy Aisle

Dairy Pros and Cons
Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults includes examples of dairy products such as low-fat milk and yogurt, because these are excellent sources of nutrients you may not be getting enough of as you age. These nutrients include calcium and (in fortified dairy products) vitamin D for healthy bones,

3. Eat a Variety of Vegetables

Plants and Phytonutrients
When you were growing up, your mother may have told you to “eat your vegetables”—and that’s still good advice when you are older. Vegetables occupy more space on Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults than any other food group for good reasons. In all of the various rating systems

Newsbites: Celebrity Chefs; Type 1 Diabetes; Low Iron; Sugar Politics

Celebrity Chefs Set Bad Example for Food Safety
About 1 in 6 Americans suffer a foodborne illness each year, often in their own homes, so safe food handling practices can’t be overemphasized. Recently, scientists watched 100 episodes of cooking shows from 24 celebrity chefs preparing meat dishes and tracked the chefs’

What Can Yogurt Do for You?

Americans consume more than $7 billion a year worth of yogurt, with hundreds of new yogurt products introduced annually. In survey after survey, consumers say the healthfulness of yogurt is top among the reasons they eat it.
Research confirms yogurt consumption correlates with a host of health benefits. Yogurt-eaters are more

Choose the Right Carbs to Help Control Your Diabetes Risk

You already know to avoid added sugars, but now the evidence is mounting that another type of carbohydrate may also be implicated in weight gain and diabetes risk—starch. That’s tricky, because identifying high-starch foods requires doing a little arithmetic on the Nutrition Facts label (see box). But the health rewards

10. Sugar, Salt and Snacks

Scale Back on Sugar
On average, added sugars (those not naturally found in foods) account for more than 13 percent of Americans’ daily calories—that’s almost 270 calories, or about 17 teaspoons of sugar, for someone consuming 2,000 calories a day. The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise limiting added sugars to

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