The 9 Most Common Mistakes to Avoid When Reading a Food Label

Written by Emily Clark


Fat, Sugar, Sodium and Carbohydrate

The sections on a food label showsrepparttar name of a nutrient andrepparttar 144561 amount of that nutrient provided by one serving of food. You may need to know this information, especially if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or are eating a diet that restricts certain nutrients such as sodium or carbohydrates.

Food labels also include information about how much sugar and protein is inrepparttar 144562 food. If you are following a low-sugar diet or you're monitoring your protein intake, it's easy to spot how much of those nutrients are contained in one serving.

Vitamins, Minerals and Other Information

The light purple part ofrepparttar 144563 label lists nutrients, vitamins and minerals inrepparttar 144564 food and their percent daily values. Try to average 100% DV every day for vitamins A and C, calcium, iron and fiber. Dorepparttar 144565 opposite with fat, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. Try to eat less than 100% DV of these.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Reading a Food Label

Until you become accustomed to reading food labels, it's easy to become confused. Avoid these common mistakes when reading labels:

-A label may say thatrepparttar 144566 food is reduced fat or reduced sodium. That means thatrepparttar 144567 amount of fat or sodium has been reduced by 25% fromrepparttar 144568 original product. It doesn't mean, however, thatrepparttar 144569 food is low in fat or sodium. For example, if a can of soup originally had 1,000 milligrams of sodium,repparttar 144570 reduced sodium product would still be a high-sodium food.

-Don't confuserepparttar 144571 % DV for fat withrepparttar 144572 percentage of calories from fat. Ifrepparttar 144573 % DV is 15% that doesn't mean that 15% ofrepparttar 144574 calories comes from fat. Rather, it means that you're using up 15% of allrepparttar 144575 fat you need for a day with one serving (based on a meal plan of 2,000 calories per day).

-Don't makerepparttar 144576 mistake of assuming thatrepparttar 144577 amount of sugar on a label means thatrepparttar 144578 sugar has been added. For example, milk naturally has sugar, which is called lactose. But that doesn't mean you should stop drinking milk because milk is full of other important nutrients including calcium.

Reading Label Lingo

In addition to requiring that packaged foods contain a Nutrition Facts label,repparttar 144579 FDA also regulatesrepparttar 144580 use of phrases and terms used onrepparttar 144581 product packaging. Here's a list of common phrases you may see on your food packaging and what they actually mean.

No fat or fat free - Contains less than 1/2 gram of fat per serving Lower or reduced fat: Contains at least 25 percent less per serving thanrepparttar 144582 reference food. (An example might be reduced fat cream cheese, which would have at least 25 percent less fat than original cream cheese.)

7 Herbal Remedies for Relieving Arthritic Pain Naturally

Written by Emily Clark

There are actually three common types of arthritis. These are Osteoarthritis which isrepparttar most common, affecting around 16 million Americans with an average age of 45. It usually will attack weight bearing joints like knees, hips, and ankles but has been found inrepparttar 144554 fingers, neck and spine. Each of our joints is cushioned by cartilage, a very dense, sponge-like substance. Osteoarthritis attacks that cartilage and gradually wears it down.

Another type of arthritis is Rheumatoid Arthritis. Extremely painful and inflammatory, it strikesrepparttar 144555 lining ofrepparttar 144556 joints and actually attacks two million Americans in their twenties.

Psoriatic Arthritis is not as well known asrepparttar 144557 previous two, but actually eats away atrepparttar 144558 joints and can also manifest as psoriasis onrepparttar 144559 skin.

The term Arthritis literally translates to “joint inflammation.” If you suffer from any ofrepparttar 144560 different types of Arthritis listed above, chances are you have taken drugs to combatrepparttar 144561 effects or tried other “home remedies.” If you haven’t yet tried “Urtication,” it might be helpful. The term “Urtication” comes fromrepparttar 144562 botanical name, Urtica dioica and dates back some 2,000 years to biblical times. Urtica dioica is “Stinging Nettle. The treatment is to grasprepparttar 144563 nettles in a gloved hand and swatrepparttar 144564 sore joints withrepparttar 144565 nettles. This may seem bizarre, butrepparttar 144566 practice has proven to be so effective for some sufferers of arthritis that they now maintain a nettle plant on their window sill.

Here are a few more herbs that are used effectively forrepparttar 144567 treatment of arthritis:

Black Cohosh Also known as Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, Rattleroot, Rattleweed, Squawroot. The dried root isrepparttar 144568 part used. This is a powerful relaxant as well as being extremely effective with easing painful menstrual cramps. Ovarian cramps will be relieved as well as bringing on a delayed menstrual cycle. It is also effective inrepparttar 144569 treatment of arthritis, osteo-arthritis, rheumatic pain and neurological pan. In small doses, appetite and digestion are greatly improved and is very beneficial forrepparttar 144570 nervous system in general.

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