One thing that Americans are spoiled silly with is the power of choice. For example, when they go to the grocery store they don’t just get to buy ice cream. There are going to be at least two to three different brands of ice cream. Then when you narrow down what brand you want, then you get to narrow it down to the flavor. As a result of all the choices you get some brands and kinds of ice cream which are healthier than others.
The difficult part about ice cream is that there are certain types of ice cream which are actually considered to be healthy. According to an article on Sparkpeople.com, which is a website aimed toward those that are dieting, there are certain guidelines that you can follow for ice cream. Knowing what else you are eating throughout the day besides ice cream can help you keep the number of calories down.
One advantage that Americans have as consumers is that companies are not allowed to falsify the nutrition information in hopes of turning a profit. As consumers people should empower themselves and read the nutrition labels posted on the boxes, if for no other reason than to at least educate themselves about what exactly it is they our putting into our body. Despite the laws with nutrition information, that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. You actually have the right to inspect any product and ask any manufacturer to prove the accuracy of their information, according to Janice Hermann, who is a Nutrition Education Specialist at Oklahoma State University. Nobody in their right mind would close their eyes, randomly pick something up without knowing what it is, put it in their mouth. chew and swallow. By not reading the nutrition information when going to the grocery store means that is what you are doing.
The reason is because you don’t know what it is, you don’t know if anybody else has touched it, eaten any other portion of it or what chemicals might be inside it. By not reading the nutrition labels on the things that people buy at least one time for each individual item then they are not far from blindly putting what they do not know into their bodies. Even when you go to eat at a restaurant, most web sites will have the nutrition information posted and some will even have the information posted in the restaurant. But that can vary by the restaurant so it is always a good idea to check out their web site first, if possible.
The next benefit to reading nutrition labels is you are more likely to come closer to meeting the daily food requirements for you to be a healthy individual. Why? By reading the food labels you can actually track what is being put into your body. You can actually find numerous web sites and cell phone applications where you can track your diet with how many calories you’ve had along with numerous other types of nutrition information, including, but not limited to, Vitamin B, D, Calcium and Protein.
Some sites are much better at this than others if you choose to do it you may want to do some comparing first. If you belong to a gym, some gym memberships may also have something where you can track and customize your diet and exercise information for an additional charge. If you choose to take advantage of this technology there a couple of things to consider.
1. What is it are you trying to accomplish by tracking your diet info? 2. Are there any particular aspects of your diet your trying to focus on? 3. Is the information provided for the type of feedback I am looking for in my diet? If the answers to questions two and/or three are no then you need to find another web site or cell phone app to post your diet.
So, in conclusion, the best reason to paying attention to what is on the nutrition labels is very simple. Everyone needs to pay attention to what is going into their body. Plus you can even try to find out if you are meeting the daily recommended nutrition goals.