Helping families eat healthier for less

Helping families eat healthier for less

Friday, April 15, 2011

Don't Avoid Nutrition Labels on Indulgent Items

The results of two Harris Interactive surveys taken in the United Kingdom were revealed last week at the annual conference of the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate, and Confectionery trade group. It is no surprise to me that people don’t look at Nutrition Fact labels for indulgence items, such as cakes, sweets, and chocolates. The surveys found that while 70% of women and 63% of men will look at labels for cereal boxes, only 11% read labels for confections and sweets, 54% for cakes, and 52% for pizza.
My personal philosophy is to eat right 90% of the time and allow indulgences 10% of the time. Any when you indulge, do so with some responsibility. This means, read the Nutrition Facts panel and the ingredient statement. Try to avoid trans fats and limit saturated fats. Share your indulgence with a family member or friend so you eat a smaller portion. Eat it slowly, really taste it, and enjoy.

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