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Now for the “Nutrition Facts” on the Label
Cholesterol. Your body (liver) makes more cholesterol in an hour than you ever eat in a day. As you have learned, more of the cholesterol comes from eating sugar than eating fat. There is little correlation between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol, and little reason to worry about this number on food labels.
Protein. If you eat a variety of whole foods you won’t have to worry about protein because whole foods such as beans, soy foods, nuts, seeds, whole grains and lean animal foods contain plenty of protein.
Sodium. If you are sodium sensitive, use this simple guideline: Double the calories to get an accurate estimate of how much sodium should be in the serving (for example 150 calories per serving, maximum sodium per serving 300 mg). There’s an exception: very low calorie foods, such as some vegetables without added salt. Many processed foods have far more sodium than this. You will need to prepare fresh foods at home to recondition your palate to whole foods naturally low in sodium. The recommended daily intake for the average person is 1500 mg, or less than the amount in 1 teaspoon of salt (2400 mg). That includes salt added at the table, in cooking at the factory or in a fast food kitchen (which is where most of our salt intake comes from – hidden in the processed and fast foods we consume such as packaged meats, canned soup, and even cottage cheese!) We should consume about 10 times the amount of potassium (in foods such as bananas, potatoes, spinach, and almonds) as sodium in our diet (mostly from plant foods), and we do just the inverse – eat 10 times as much salt or sodium as potassium.
Calcium. Add a zero to the calcium % on the label and this equals milligrams calcium per serving because the % Daily Value for calcium is based on 1000 mg. For example: 2% = 20 mg. calcium or 30% = 300 mg. Remember that calcium is the only nutrient to which this rule pertains.
Other nutrients: B-12, iron, zinc and other nutrients may have been added to the food product to enhance nutrient levels and will be listed on the label if the product was “fortified.”
Until next time…
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