I read an interesting article this week from the Chicago Tribune discussing the top 5 items Americans assess on nutrition labels. To my surprise, the top 5 included: whole grains, dietary fiber, calcium, Vitamin C, and protein.
If I had to take a guess at what would’ve the top 5 items, I would have said high-fructose corn syrup, sodium, saturated fat, calories, and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil.
I think it’s great that people focus on whole grains and dietary fiber in the diet, but the other ones are surprising to me. Most people know what foods are high in calcium, Vitamin C, and protein…and for me, they’re not commonly questioned items when providing nutrition consult to individuals. Granted, that is based on my experience among the obese, diabetic, and renal populations. Nonetheless, a very interesting report on consumers and label reading.
This weekend my in-laws visited and I made Biz’s delicious Baja Fresh Grilled Salsa…again! I love the stuff! And apparently I enjoy making it for family because the last time I made it, my parents were visiting.
I did make a few changes this time, though. Mostly because I love onion, and Biz hates onion 😉
Baja Fresh Grilled Salsa slightly adapted from Biggest Diabetic Loser
7 large, firm tomatoes
1 jalapenos (I used 1 for mild, 3 for hot)
1 tsp salt
juice of 1/2 lime
1 onion, quartered
1 head of garlic, top removed (I used 4 cloves)
1/3 cup cilantro, loosely packed
Extra virgin olive oil, to coat
Pre-heat grill to medium heat. Coat tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, and garlic in olive oil.
Grill vegetables until they are charred, but not falling apart. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth-ish. Serve with your favorite tortilla chip.
Result: I love this recipe, but I love it even more with onion, extra garlic, and a bit less lime juice. Everyone else loved this recipe, too! 😀
Mr. Prevention and I painted our closet this evening after he and his dad hung an additional level of shelving this weekend. One shelf in a much smaller closet than the last was just not working for us! 😉
Question: If you’re a label reader, what’s the #1 items (ingredient, nutrient, etc.) you look for and why?
On grains I definitely search for “whole” as the first word on the ingredient label. I also look at saturated fat, sodium, fiber, and carbohydrates (simply because I control the number of carbohydrates in each meal because of PCOS and insulin resistance).
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!