This Week’s RainTask

Although it can seem daunting, reading and understanding nutrition labels is a great way to keep the junk out of your house.  Stocking your pantry and refrigerator with foods and beverages that are in line with your goals will go a long way in limiting your temptation, and your ability to give in to temptation, for that matter.  If you stick to your guns at the grocery store, the next time you want to reach for ice cream before bed, you might reach for a piece of fruit instead. Here are some tips for your next grocery run based on FDA recommendations:

  • Read the serving sizes - Remember that all of the nutrition information presented on the label is based on ONE serving. A package usually contains more than one serving.

  • Amount of calories - Keeping an eye on this number can help you track your intake in relation to your goals. Again, keep in mind that the calories listed are for one serving only. If you are tracking your calories closely, you may want to consider measuring out your servings.

  • Percent (%) daily value - This section tells you how the amount of nutrients in one serving relate to your daily diet total. Use these values to find products that are high in the nutrients you need, and low in the ones that you don’t. Keep in mind that these values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. If you are aiming for less than 2,000 calories a day, you’ll want to add a correlating number of percentage points to values like Cholesterol and Sodium when you’re considering different products.