In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on July 22, 2012 at 8:00 am
Myth: Low-fat or fat-free means no calories.
Fact: A low-fat or fat-free food is often lower in calories than the same size portion of the full-fat product. But many processed low-fat or fat-free foods have just as many calories as the full-fat versions of the same foods—or even more calories. They may contain added sugar, flour, or starch thickeners to improve flavor and texture after fat is removed. These ingredients add calories.
Tip: Read the Nutrition Facts on a food package to find out how many calories are in a serving. Check the serving size too—it may be less than you are used to eating.
In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on July 19, 2012 at 8:00 am
Myth: Starches are fattening and should be limited when trying to lose weight.
Fact: Many foods high in starch, like bread, rice, pasta, cereals, beans, fruits, and some vegetables (like potatoes and yams) are low in fat and calories. They become high in fat and calories when eaten in large portion sizes or when covered with high-fat toppings like butter, sour cream, or mayonnaise. Foods high in starch (also called complex carbohydrates) are an important source of energy for your body.
Tip: A healthy eating plan is one that:
- Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.
- Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
- Is low in saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on July 15, 2012 at 8:00 am
Being healthy is a big deal. Eating healthy foods and being active are good for you and your family.
Here are a few tips.
1. Eat breakfast every day! Breakfast gives you energy. It can help you at school and at play.
2. Eat healthy foods. Try fresh fruits like apples and oranges. Eat vegetables like broccoli and carrots.
3. Try not to eat too much fast food, like pizza and french fries.
4. Drink healthy drinks like water or milk. Try milk that is low in fat or fat-free. Try not to drink sugary drinks like soda.
5. Help your family shop for food. Ask if you can help fix a meal! Remind your family that it is important for everyone to eat healthy foods.
6. Get active! Turn off your TV. Take a break from video games.
7. Play outside with your family, friends, or your pet. Kick a soccer ball around or jump rope. Just get moving!
8. Talk to your family about being healthy and having fun.