Food Labels: The Need and Importance!

To find the greatest deal, shoppers frequently examine the costs of foods in the grocery store. However, comparing products using the food label can help us decide which option is best for our health. One of the most useful tools available to us as consumers is the food label. For instance, there may be five different varieties of tomato soup available for someone with high blood pressure who needs to control their salt (sodium) intake. Looking at the section of the label that includes nutrition information allows one to quickly and simply compare the sodium amount of each product and select the one with the lowest sodium content.

Today, the majority of goods come with food colouring and preservatives. Kids eat cereal and sip colourful, blue, and green sports drinks. According to research, colour is bad for the body and can even have qualities that can cause cancer. Younger children consume cotton candy and lollipops, which are made entirely of sugar and colour. Reading food labels can assist in selecting the ideal quantity of natural Vitamin A and C, calcium, and iron for children while avoiding junk.

People in India frequently stray from their regular eating habits during the festival season and indulge in binge-eating and unhealthy meals that aren’t typically a part of their diet. While pampering oneself every now and then is appropriate, one must also learn to consciously stay away from things that are detrimental to their health and may result in long-term issues.

As the holiday season proceeds and the New Year gets close, we’ll all indulge in sweets and gift-exchanging. But we also need to be conscious of our wellbeing. On every packaged food item we purchase, we must double-check the packaging and expiration date. However, we also need to take a look at the delicacies’ expiration dates. Traditional milk-based confections, such as gulab jamun, rasgulla, and rasmalai, are commonly made using khoya, chhena, sugar, as well as additional ingredients including maida, flavours, and colours. Sweets, especially those containing dairy products, have a shorter shelf life and are more likely to develop bacteria. Therefore, it is essential to prepare them with cleanliness and sanitation and to consume them prior to the end of their shelf life.

Tips to Eat Healthy

  • In order to be healthy and have a stronger immune system, you should consume adequate fibre-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Limit your intake of saturated and trans fats 
  • Restrict your daily salt intake to less than five grams
  • Reduce your intake of free and added sugars
  • To assist avoid unhealthful weight gain, lower your total fat intake to less than 30% of your overall energy intake 
  • Reduce total trans fats (found in processed foods, fast food, snack food, fried food, frozen pizza, pies, cookies, margarines, and spreads) to less than 1% of total energy intake and replace it with unsaturated fat. By doing so, you can lower your risk of developing non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers. 

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