We have to be the creators of a healthy food intake. Two things can make it challenging for us:
1) Food labels
2) Nutritional information at restaurants
Example: A can of soup. Most of us know most canned items contain large amounts of sodium, but you really take in far too much when you do not follow the right potion size. Most people would eat a whole can of soup, but the label says there are 2.5 servings in a can. This can be the difference of 800 mg sodium and 2,300 mg sodium! Both amounts are far too much to consume in one meal and 2,300 mg is more than what you should have in one day.
A new study has shown that calorie counts on national chain restaurants and fast food chains can be inaccurate. Some of the calorie counts were correct, but many were off by 19 percent, having 100 calories more than listed and one item had 1,000 calories more. ( my guess is that you should not have even considered that item in the first place). Calorie counts were most inaccurate in items promoted to be low calorie.
These things reinforce the fact that we have to take charge of our nutritional intake. This means limiting the amount of food eaten at restaurants and increasing the amount of food that is in it’s most natural state as possible.
Karen Geninatti is a personal trainer, certified lifestyle and weight-management consultant, anti-aging specialist, sports nutrition consultant and owner of Geninatti Gym.