Remember, markets and grocery stores are experts at getting us to buy products for their profit. You are the expert when it comes to choosing healthy foods to fuel your body. Use this guide to help determine how healthy your food choices are:
Carbohydrates: For snack foods, limit to 15 grams per serving. For meals, limit to 45-60 grams. Always look at serving size of foods and eat correct portion to avoid consuming too much sugar.
Free Doesn’t Always Mean Free: Remember that foods labeled as sugar-free or fat-free are not calorie free. The word free doesn’t mean that you can eat as much as you’d like. Sugar-free products are typically higher in fat and fat-free products usually contain more carbohydrates.
Whole Grains: Always look for the amount of dietary fiber listed on a product. Choose a food that has at least 2 grams of fiber per serving. Don’t be fooled by the way a product looks or the way it is labeled. Be an expert and find out for yourself.
Fruit/Vegetable Drinks: Drinks that are fortified with lots of vegetables and extracts are filling the produce shelves. “Green” drinks, which contain green fruits and vegetables, are now a trend because they appear to be healthier than the usual fruit or vegetable juice. While these drinks really do contain several servings of fruits and vegetables, they are usually loaded with sugar and carbohydrates. Look for lighter varieties or simply dilute the drink with water and ice to eliminate some calories and sugar without getting rid of the benefits.