Thursday February 27, 2014
At long last, the FDA is proposing an overhaul of the nutrition facts label
, recognizing that some of the information presented is outdated, some of it unhelpful, and some of it confusing. One of the main reasons change is needed is that for all the data presented, people still don't really understand the difference between servings and portions
. The FDA's proposals also include adding information about added sugars -- right now, food labels simply call out "sugars"; eliminating detail concerning calories from fat, as the type of fat is considered more important than the amount of fat in a food; declaring information on Vitamin D and potassium (instead of Vitamins A and C), in which many people are deficient; and revising the daily value for nutrients such as sodium and dietary fiber.
The goal of making these changes is to make it easier for people to understand the nutritional value of foods so they can make healthier choices. The FDA's proposals are open to public comment for 90 days before a final decision is made.
Thursday February 27, 2014
There is no magic bullet, or pill, when it comes to sensible, sustainable weight loss. Sure, there are products out there that will help you lose some weight quickly, but they're a temporary fix at best, and in some cases, the ingredients, while touted as safe, may have adverse effects. So if you are looking to lose weight, you should look at a range of factors from exercise to what you should cut back on in your diet, but also to what you should be adding to your diet. If you are choosing to eat low fat, rest assured that you are not committing to a life of deprivation. If you focus on protein- and fiber-rich foods
, you can enjoy a satisfying and sustainable diet that will curb your appetite for high-calorie, high-fat, high-sugar snacks and foods.
It's important to add that if you do work to include these foods in your everyday diet, you must also exercise some portion control and burn some calories -- not necessarily at the gym, although that's great if you can do it, but committing to setting aside even just a half hour of your day to walking, or dusting off the bicycle in the garage and going for a ride. Everyone loses weight differently, so there are no hard and fast guarantees. But if you make these adjustments to your lifestyle, you will almost certainly feel healthier.
Vitamin-rich Broth-based Soup Photo © Fiona Haynes
Monday February 24, 2014
There are many ways to lower the amount of fat you eat in your everyday diet. One excellent way to do so is to eat more beans, or legumes. Beans are a great subsitute for meat, especially in chilis and stews. They're also yummy as alternatives to burgers in the summer time. But perhaps my favorite way to enjoy beans is in soup. Packed with protein and fiber, beans will help you feel fuller for longer. Here are some great low fat recipes featuring beans and lentils
Lentil and Black Bean Soup Photo, licensed to About.com
Saturday February 22, 2014
Chicken pot pie is one of my favorite comfort foods, with its creamy chicken filling topped with a flaky crust. Unfortunately, it comes loaded with fat and calories. Indeed, some store-bought 10-ounce frozen chicken pot pies contain more than 600 calories per serving, nearly 40 grams of fat, and between 14 and 18 grams of unhealthy saturated fat. Plus, they're usually high in sodium. So unable to give up pot pie altogether, I worked on making a healthier, lighter, yet still creamy perfectly portioned chicken pot pie
topped with a flaky phyllo crust.
Chicken Pot Pie Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com