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Find Any Food’s Nutrition Values

Here’s a brilliant website that brings you the nutritional information of any common food that you can imagine. As soon as you start typing your search at the text box, results will start appearing. By highlighting the particular food, you will get the amount for the important nutrients listed. You can even record your daily totals when you’ve done creating a profile.

CalorieConnect has a huge range of food in their database. Below are a few examples that I could find :

  • Fruits
  • fruits

  • Vegetables
  • vege

  • Soup
  • soup

  • Roasted Chicken
  • roasted chicken

  • and even my favourite type of Peanut Butter
  • peanut butter

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How To Understand Nutrition Facts On Food Labels

    Grocery shopping and reading labels are a delight for some and a real headache for others. Regardless of how you feel about them, determining whether a particular food product fits into your healthy diet plan has become easier. In addition to listing the amounts of fat, protein and carbohydrate including fiber, a food label may also indicate vitamin and mineral content of the product. This provides good information to help a consumer determine if a particular food product meet his or her nutritional needs.

    Food labels are designed to help consumers make healthy food choices. But how do you make sense of a food label?

    For example, according to the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, all packaged food products must contain the following information:

    • Common name of the product
    • Name and address of the product’s manufacturer
    • Net contents in terms of weight, measure or count
    • Ingredient list and Nutrition Facts

  1. Nutrition Facts
  2. Common nutrients, such as total fat, cholesterol, and sodium, are required fields. Other nutrients, such as potassium and Vitamin K, are optional and not required to be listed. Each package must identify the quantities of specified nutrients and food constituents for one serving. It is important to note the following:

    • 1 g of fat = 9 kcal
    • 1 g of protein = 4 kcal
    • 1 g of carbohydrate = 4 kcal
    • 1 g of alcohol = 7 kcal

  3. Serving Size
  4. Serving sizes are standardized to make for easier comparison among similar food items. They are expressed in both common household and metric measures. It is always important to pay attention to a serving size. For instance, a serving of chocolate chip cookies is typically 2 pieces. Hence, if you eat 4 pieces, you will need to double the amount of nutrition content listed on the label.

  5. Calories (kcal)
  6. Calories provide a measure of how much energy you obtain after eating a portion of food. It is always important to find out the total calories. Many consumers are surprised to find that a fat-free product is not necessarily low in calories. Similarly, a sugar-free product is not always low in Calories or low in fat.

  7. Nutrients listed
  8. Total fat, saturated fats, cholesterol, total carbohydrate (including fiber and added sugars), protein, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron are required on the label. Other nutrients are optional and may be listed at the discretion of the manufacturer.

    In addition to total calories and total fat, a few other nutrients relevant to heart health are important to pay attention to when reading a label. These include saturated fats, cholesterol and fiber. Effective Jan 2006, all labels should also include trans fatty acids.

Food Labels and Nutrition Facts enable you to compare products based on key ingredients. When comparing products, focus on those nutrients that are important to you.

  • If you are concerned about your weight, you should compare products based on BOTH calories and fat.
  • If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, you should focus on the amount of total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium. Choose products containing less than 20% Daily Values for fat, cholesterol and sodium.
  • If you have diabetes, you should pay attention to the amount of carbohydrate, sugar added as well as fiber.
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10 Very Healthy & Easily Obtainable Food

  1. Sweet Potatoes.
  2. A nutritional All-Star, one of the best vegetables you can eat. They’re loaded with carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Mix in unsweetened applesauce or crushed pineapple for extra moisture and sweetness.

  3. Grape Tomatoes.
  4. They’re sweeter and firmer than other tomatoes, and their bite-size shape makes them perfect for snacking, dipping, or salads. They’re also packed with vitamin C and vitamin A, and you also get some fiber, some phytochemicals, and (finally) some flavor.

  5. Fat-free (Skim) or 1% Milk (but not 2%).
  6. Excellent source of calcium, vitamins, and protein with little or no artery clogging fat and cholesterol. Soy milk can have just as many nutrients only if the company adds them.

  7. Blueberries (Fresh or Frozen).
  8. They’re rich in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidents. Toss’em in cereal, stir’em in yogurt, or sprinkle them on low-fat ice cream.

  9. Wild Salmon.
  10. The omega-3 fats in fatty fresh fish like wild salmon can help reduce the risk of sudden-death heart attacks. And salmon that is caught wild has less dioxin contaminant than farmed salmon.

  11. Crispbreads.
  12. Whole-grain rye crackers, like Wasa, Ry Krisp, and Ryvita, usually called crispbreads, are loaded with fiber and often fat-free.

  13. Microwaveable or ’10-minute’ Brown Rice.
  14. Enriched white rice is nutritionally bankrupt. You lose the fiber, magnesium, vitamins E and B-6, copper, zinc, and who-knows-what phytochemicals that are in the whole grain. Try quickcooking or regular brown rice instead.

  15. Citrus Fruits.
  16. Great-tasting and rich in vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber. Perfect for a snack or dessert. Try different varieties: juicy Mineola oranges, quicksnack clementines, or tart grapefruit.

  17. Diced Butternut Squash.
  18. A growing number of food stores sell peeled, seeded, cut, and ready to go into the oven, into a stir-fry, or into a soup or risotto, that are bags of diced butternut squash. Every half cup has 5 grams of fiber and payloads of vitamins A and C.

  19. Pre-washed, Pre-cut Bags of Greens.
  20. Greens like kale, spinach, and broccoli are nutritional power houses. Most are loaded with vitamin C, carotenoids, calcium, folate, potassium, and fiber. Now it’s easy to squeeze healthy greens into your busy schedule.