myfitnesspal.com for calorie and fitness logging.

For free, myfitnesspal.com enables the user to log in the number of calories they are eating. It can be used for weight loss and you can print out your results and review them with your health care professional

I have had several people bring me their results, and we are able to fine tune their eating habits and make recommendations based on their printouts.

You can also log in your activity and water.

Summaries include, calories from carbohydrates, protein, fat and amount of sodium in the diet.

Changes to Nutrition Labels Reported

(CNN) — Choosing healthier foods at the grocery store may soon be a little easier.

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing several changes to the nutrition labels you see on packaged foods and beverages. If approved, the new labels would place a bigger emphasis on total calories, added sugars and certain nutrients, such as Vitamin D and potassium.

The FDA is also proposing changes to serving size requirements in an effort to more accurately reflect what people usually eat or drink. For example, if you buy a 20-ounce soda, you’re probably not going to stop drinking at the 8-ounce mark. The new rules would require that entire soda bottle to be one serving size — making calorie counting simpler.

This is the first overhaul for nutrition labels since the FDA began requiring them more than 20 years ago. There has been a shift in shoppers’ priorities as nutrition is better understood and people learn what they should watch for on a label, administration officials said.

“You as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf, and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family,” first lady Michelle Obama said in a press release. “So this is a big deal, and it’s going to make a big difference for families all across this country.”

 

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The proposed labels would remove the “calories from fat” line you currently see on labels, focusing instead on total calories found in each serving. Nutritionists have come to understand that the type of fat you’re eating matters more than the calories from fat. As such, the breakdown of total fat vs. saturated and trans fat would remain.

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The proposed labels would also note how much added sugar is in a product. Right now, it’s hard to know what is naturally occurring sugar and what has been added by the manufacturer.

“Now when Americans pull a product from the supermarket shelf, they will have a clear idea of how much sugar that product really contains,” American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said.

Chemically, added sugar is the same, but studies show many Americans eat more sugar than they realize. TheAmerican Heart Association recommends you limit added sugar to no more than half your daily discretionary calories. That means for American men, about 150 calories a day, or nine teaspoons. For women it’s a smaller amount — no more than 100 calories per day from added sugar, or about six teaspoons of sugar.

The FDA also plans to update the daily values for certain nutrients such as sodium, dietary fiber and Vitamin D. For instance, the daily limit for sodium was 2,400 milligrams. If the new rules take effect, the daily value will be 2,300 milligrams, administration officials said.

Food and beverage companies would also be required to declare the amount of Vitamin D and potassium in a product, as well as calcium and iron. Research shows Americans tend not to consume enough Vitamin D for good bone health. And potassium is essential in keeping your blood pressure in check.

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Administration officials said about 17% of current serving size requirements will be changing, and the FDA is adding 25 categories for products that weren’t commonly around 20 years ago (think pot stickers, sesame oil and sun-dried tomatoes).

Most of the required serving sizes will be going up; no one eats just half a cup of ice cream, for instance. Others, like yogurt, will be going down.

“This will help people better understand how many calories they actually consume, especially if they plan to eat all the food in a container or package,” Brown said.

While the American Heart Association and advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest commended the FDA’s changes, they noted that there was more to do.

Both organizations said the FDA’s sodium recommendation was still too high. Brown said the association will continue to recommend sodium intake be limited to 1,500 milligrams a day.

CSPI said it will also request that the FDA include a daily value of 25 grams for added sugars. “Thus, the Nutrition Facts label for a 16.9-ounce bottle of soda would indicate that its 58 grams of added sugars represents 230 percent of the DV,” the group said in an e-mail.

With this announcement, the FDA has opened a 90-day comment period, during which experts and members of the public can provide input on the proposed rules. The FDA will then issue a final rule. Officials said they hope to complete the process this year.

Manufacturing companies will then have two years to implement the changes.

Nutrition labels have remained pretty much the same for decades. It wasn’t until the late 1960s that most food labels listed any nutrition information.

At the time, labels with calorie or sodium counts were mainly used on products the FDA considered to have “special dietary uses,” for people with high blood pressure who were watching sodium, for instance.

Most people were making meals at home then, so there wasn’t a huge demand for this information. That changed as more people started eating processed foods.

Noticing the trend, the White House pulled together a conference of nutritionists and food manufacturers in 1969. Nutrition labeling was voluntary at first. It wasn’t until 1990 that the FDA required nutrition labels for most prepared and packaged foods. Labels for raw produce and fish remain voluntary.

More Americans today are interested in what’s on these nutrition labels, research shows.

A USDA study released last month showed 42% of working-age adults between 29 and 68 looked at these labels most or all of the time when shopping. Some 57% of Americans older than 68 did as well. That’s up from 2007, when 34% of working-age adults looked at the label, and 51% of Americans older than 68 did.

The increase is good news as the United States struggles with an obesity epidemic. Some studies have shown that people who read labels eat healthier. More than a third of all Americans are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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This video discusses what people can and can’t eat during christmas from gluten, to lactose intolerance, low carb diets, gas, shellfish, dairy, vegan, sodium, bloating and acid reflux are all mentioned in this performance.

Healthy eating to lower blood pressure

Healthy Nutrition to lower High blood Pressure

Eat foods that are naturally low in fat such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Aim for 30 g of fiber a day- average fruit is 2 grams of fiber per serving, average vegetable is about 3 g of fiber per serving, a serving of beans is 5-6 grams of fiber.
Look at food labels and pay special attention to the level of saturated fat. You want less than 10% of your whole days calories from saturated fat.
Choose lean protein foods such as soy, skinless chicken ( not fried) , very lean meat, and fat free dairy products.
Do not eat foods that say hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated on food labels. They are loaded with saturated and trans fats. Choose monounsaturated oils such as olive oil.
Limit fried foods and processed foods. Limit prepared baked foods such as donuts cookies and crackers. They may contain saturated and trans fats.
Eat fewer products that are high in saturated fats such as hard cheeses, whole milk, ice cream, butter and fatty meats.
Pay attention to how foods are prepared. Healthy ways to cook fish, chicken and lean meats are broiling, grilling, poaching and baking.
Eat foods that are high in fiber including oats and oat bran, split peas, lentils, beans such as kidney, black and navy beans and brown rice
Stay away from fast food restaurants where healthy choices are hard to find
Try to have more potassium 4700 mg a day
Less sodium than 2,300 mg a day is a start, aim for 1500 mg a day is even better

Daily Requirements of vitamins, minerals, Protein, carbohydrates, fat

Nutrient Unit of Measure Daily Values
Total Fat grams (g) 65
  Saturated fatty acids grams (g) 20
Cholesterol milligrams (mg) 300
Sodium milligrams (mg) 2400
Potassium milligrams (mg) 3500
Total carbohydrate grams (g) 300
  Fiber grams (g) 25
Protein grams (g) 50
Nutrient Unit of Measure Daily Values
Vitamin A International Unit (IU) 5000
Vitamin C milligrams (mg) 60
Calcium milligrams (mg) 1000
Iron milligrams (mg) 18
Vitamin D International Unit (IU) 400
Vitamin E International Unit (IU) 30
Vitamin K micrograms (µg) 80
Thiamin milligrams (mg) 1.5
Riboflavin milligrams (mg) 1.7
Niacin milligrams (mg) 20
Vitamin B6 milligrams (mg) 2.0
Folate micrograms (µg) 400
Vitamin B12 micrograms (µg) 6.0
Biotin micrograms (µg) 300
Pantothenic acid milligrams (mg) 10
Phosphorus milligrams (mg) 1000
Iodine micrograms (µg) 150
Magnesium milligrams (mg) 400
Zinc milligrams (mg) 15
Selenium micrograms (µg) 70
Copper milligrams (mg) 2.0
Manganese milligrams (mg) 2.0
Chromium micrograms (µg) 120
Molybdenum micrograms (µg) 75
Chloride milligrams (mg) 3400

Strong Bones need Calcium, DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CALCIUM CARBONATE AND CALCIUM CITRATE?

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Strong Bones need Calcium, DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CALCIUM CARBONATE AND CALCIUM CITRATE?

Calcium citrate provides 40% of the elemental calcium absorbed, and calcium citrate provides 20% absorbed calcium. Calcium citrate however, is absorbed better in the elderly population who have decreased stomach acid because it doesnt require stomach acid for absorption as does calcium carbonate. Coral calcium is calcium carbonate. Too much caffeine and sodium in the diet will increase the calcium loss in the urine, so beware of your sodium and caffeine intake if trying to build or maintain bones density.