Sugar is sweet but it’s also sneaky, masquerading under many different names. Read one of those jam labels that says, “All Fruit” or “Spreadable Fruit” on the front. Then turn the jar over and read ingredients. Most likely you’ll find juice concentrates (often as the first ingredient) and maltodextrin — both forms of sugar. How […]
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Trying to figure out the carbohydrates on nutrition facts labels can be downright confusing. There’s a number for total carbohydrates but then there are subheadings for dietary fiber, sugars, and sometimes insoluble fiber, sugar alcohols, and other carbohydrates. What Does Everything Mean? Total Carbohydrate, shown in grams, is first. It gives you the total number […]
If you do drink soda, you might want to take a good look at this graphic. If you don’t drink soda you might want to take a good look at this graphic, too. Then, you can congratulate yourself on the good habit of not drinking soda and perhaps suggest to soda drinking friends and family […]
The American Heart Association recommends that not more than half of your daily discretionary calorie allowance come from added sugars. What’s Daily Discretionary Calorie Allowance? Daily discretionary calorie allowance means the number of calories you have left to use after you meet your nutrient needs without exceeding your energy needs. In other words, they are […]
The sugars that you eat can occur naturally or be added. Natural sugars are found naturally in the food — like fructose in fruit and lactose in milk. Added sugars are the many kinds of sugar and syrup – including sweeteners like honey, agave, and maple syrup, for example — that are added into food at […]
Who hasn’t grabbed one of those small red boxes of raisins? They’re a great portable snack – or are they? Raisins are dried grapes. The good news is that raisins are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They’re about 3.5% dietary fiber and 3% protein by weight. The bad news is that a […]
How do you like your coffee? Black, light and sweet, regular? Coffee Calories Can Sneak Up On You Black brewed coffee has around two calories in an eight ounce cup. Not a bad deal for a nice, hot beverage. What a lot of us fail to realize is how many calories are in the stuff […]
I was having breakfast with a five year old who insisted on taking an individual box of Frosted Flakes from a display. Of course she would, the little box is designed to appeal to a child. I’m not a cold cereal lover, but I have been known to grab a handful or two of those […]
Planning a road trip? You know that you’re going to have to stop for a snack or a meal along the way. Do you leave your food choices to chance? I drive a lot. I have three long road trips coming up in the next month. I know that I’m going to stop for a […]
I spotted these at a bakery in Chelsea Market in New York City. Would a kid want to eat Ernie’s hair or Cookie Monster’s eyes or Elmo’s nose? Maybe yes, maybe no — I guess it would depend on the child’s age and feelings about Sesame Street characters. And, what about all of the food […]
Penny Manegan Klatell, PhD, RN
Penny is a doctoral level nurse; a health, life, and wellness coach; and a Mom. She’s also a nutritional counselor, food lover, former college professor, author, blogger, speaker, and a very frequent restaurant visitor. She’s from a Greek restaurant family where she learned to cook and discovered the need to speak loudly to be heard above the din. She writes about delicious, healthy food and how to eat well anytime, anywhere, and at any age.
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