Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Why portion size is key especially when it comes to indulgences

On a typical 2,000-calorie-day diet, experts say no more than 30 percent of calories should come from fat, with only a quarter of that from saturated fat. That's roughly about 15 grams, or about 140 fat calories. Most women typically should intake closer to 1500 calories per day roughly about 12 grams from saturated fat or under 120 calories from fat. It's easy to check the labels of the food you purchase in the grocery store but let me make this easy. Candy bars often have 22 grams of fat and ice cream not far behind - most of which is saturated. Need I say more?

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First trained as a food chemist and nutritionist, my career began enriching a Twinkie, comparing the nutrition of a Twinkie to an apple and studying the role of sugar in the diet. With an M.B.A. and years in food and pharma understanding consumers and manufacturers, I'm back to where I started - food should taste great and serve to keep us healthy. To do so, there needs to be consumer awareness. Consumers need to vote for what they want by buying what they really want. If they buy impulsively, that's what they will see more of. They need to practice balance and responsible choices. That's when change will come. Please engage me with your conversation so that I can help you make and stick to better food choices that you enjoy. You'll gain a deeper appreciation of food not only from farm to table but farm to health. My vision is to promote solutions for healthful food and food practices you can happily embody and embrace!