5 Secrets of Reading Food Labels Revealed

Written by Emily Clark

Whether you're concerned about cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or simply losing weight, you want to eat a healthy diet and focus on foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, and balanced in fats, carbs, proteins.

There is only one way to incorporate healthy foods into our diet and that is to makerepparttar decision to do it! Practical information aboutrepparttar 144544 nutrition and safety ofrepparttar 144545 foods we consume is absolutely vital in making this decision.

One way to learn more about what we eat, is to snoop aroundrepparttar 144546 supermarket. Check-out package labels to see what manufactures are adding (or removing) fromrepparttar 144547 foods we eat. Readrepparttar 144548 information onrepparttar 144549 package and start making comparisons to determine which foods arerepparttar 144550 best for YOU. Know about nutritional labeling andrepparttar 144551 sometimes sneaky ways that manufacturers have of hiding what is inrepparttar 144552 food. Know and understand ingredient declarations, how they are used, and what a few ofrepparttar 144553 "technical" terms mean. Arerepparttar 144554 unfamiliar ingredients good or bad for your health?

Since 1994 food manufacturers have been required byrepparttar 144555 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to include food labels (or Nutrition Facts labels) on product packaging so that consumers have accurate nutritional information aboutrepparttar 144556 food they purchase. But food labels are more than just a federal requirement once you understandrepparttar 144557 information they provide, you can use food labels as a guide to planning healthier meals and snacks.

Food labels are required on almost all foods, except those that don't provide many nutrients such as coffee, alcohol and spices. Although some restaurants provide information aboutrepparttar 144558 food they serve, they aren't required to have labels. The FDA recommends that sellers provide nutritional information on produce, meat, poultry and seafood, but it's strictly voluntary.

What Is a Serving?

Atrepparttar 144559 top of a food label under Nutrition Facts, you'll seerepparttar 144560 serving size andrepparttar 144561 number of servings inrepparttar 144562 package. The rest ofrepparttar 144563 nutrition information inrepparttar 144564 label is based on one serving.

5 Proven Ways to Safely Make Positive Life Changes

Written by Emily Clark

One ofrepparttar most important aspects of living a healthy and prosperous life is understanding "risk." By this I mean knowing how to understand and analyze situations in life that affect health. Being able to accurately weigh benefits and risks when making health decisions is very important! Too often decisions are based on incomplete or inaccurate information and this is a huge mistake with significant consequences!

Failure to accurately assess risk keeps people locked in all kinds of unhealthy situations including poor eating and exercise habits (lifestyle), relationships and jobs. Sometimes people are just afraid to step out and make a change. They see "risk" in making a change whenrepparttar 144543 REAL risk comes from NOT making a change. From my perspective, living withrepparttar 144544 stress, unhappiness and frustration of indecision and poor health isrepparttar 144545 greatest risk of all, and one that is definitely not worth taking!

Accessing "risk" is nothing more than collecting information, weighingrepparttar 144546 alternatives and then making appropriate decisions based onrepparttar 144547 information.

Some risks to our health are more "real" than others. For example, it is common knowledge that obesity is associated with a wide variety of health problems. Onrepparttar 144548 other hand, there are some health risks that are so remote we rarely think about them. On a practical level, eating highly processed foods and avoiding a daily dose of fresh fruits and vegetables is rarely considered serious. But, as too many have already discovered,repparttar 144549 long range consequences of this practice are real and devastating.

Failure to accurately assess risk limits us in many ways. We imaginerepparttar 144550 "risk" of talking with our children about drugs, dating or sex and we put off havingrepparttar 144551 "talk," even thoughrepparttar 144552 risks of NOT talking are infinitely greater. Fear of flying and public speaking are two more "risks" affecting millions of people. But practically speaking, these fears are unfounded. People ride in cars every day, even though cars are far more dangerous than commercial aircraft! It's a failure to accurately assess risk, and it limits our health, prosperity and pleasure in life.

The goods news is that failure to accurately access risk is reversible! The effects of those decisions to eat inappropriately or NOT to exercise are, asrepparttar 144553 common expression goes, "do-overs." We can effect positive change in our lives by following a few simple steps to accurately access risk:

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