Healthy Living

Common Food Misconceptions

1. Low calorie on packaging is good for diets.

Common Food Misconceptions: Most nutritional labels and facts are based on a 2,000 calorie count, always keep in mind personal bodily needs when making caloric decisions.

2. Fat-free means I can eat more of it.

A huge misconception is that fat-free foods may carry less calories or be more beneficial for your diet, when in reality, if you eat more of it without proper intake considerations, Fat-Free may end up being counter-productive.

3. Small packaged foods make the perfect snack.

Common Food Misconceptions: Small packaged foods are easily mistaken for one serving, when many of them clearly state serving sizes on their nutritional labels.  In addition, always pay attention to the calorie count on the nutritional label, 500 calories per serving  is high and 100 calories per serving is reasonable.

4. “Natural” Food is a better choice.

Common Food Misconceptions: “FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives” found on www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Transparency/Basics/ucm214868.htm

In short, “Natural” carries very little meaning. Make your decisions based on ingredients rather than Buzz words.

5. If you’re following a healthy eating plan, can you eat an empanada ?

The nutritional facts on one of your favorite snacks normally isn’t enough to be disproportionate to a overall healthy diet, consistent reading, understanding of ingredients and smart decision-making. Feel free to grab an empanada every now and then!

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