Processed verses Whole Foods
While sometimes an Emergency Meal (July 15th Blog) is needed, we must be careful in regards to processed foods as routine eating. There are times we may need to use processed foods for convenience sake, but whole foods are always best. Label reading becomes of upmost importance, even though labels can be “off” by several percentage points.
Whole foods are much better and should be your first option.
Whole food examples:
Fresh fruits – raw or cooked
Fresh vegetables – raw or cooked
Dried beans, cooked
Plain yogurt, milk, eggs, hard cheeses, cottage cheese without additives
Nuts and seeds
Fresh beef, poultry, fish
5 important “looks” when label reading
# 1 Look at the list of ingredients. If there is more than 3 or 4, think twice.
# 2 Look for the serving size
# 3 Look for the sodium (if 200 mg or more for a serving, think twice)
# 4 Look for the calories from fat (if 25% or more comes from fat, think twice)
# 5 Look for “added sugar” (no more than 25-37 g of added sugar per day)
We will discuss added sugar another day. It is too much to tackle today. Stay tuned.