READING NUTRITION LABELS
In a past YAAO meeting, us youth leaders were given some handy information. This information revolved around learning to read nutrition labels. We had a guest speaker by the name: Monica Montes. She helped us understand better some of this tricky labeling. Here some notes I jotted down:
Rule Of Thumb
-A daily value above 20% is HIGH
-A daily value below 5% is LOW
-If more than ½ of the content Calories are from fat then it is too high; pass it on for a healthier choice
Clogging Your Arteries
-cholesterol (found in animal products)
- saturated fats
These two are like yellow gunk which find their way into your arteries and clog them. Beware: these can lead to a heart attack and stroke!
The composition of this compound makes it even more dangerous than cholesterol.
-simple > give you spontaneous burst of energy & are gone immediately
-complex > provide a more lasting energy > these are found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- eats up vitamins in your body
- increases blood pressure
-eats up body water
- when your body gets older (at about 40/50 yrs.) holes/dots become present in your bones> this condition is called osteoporosis
Also remember, the average daily Cal. value is based on a 2,000 Cal diet
Hope you find some of this information useful. Might want to consider some of these annotations next time you go to the market or prepare to eat.
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