If you’re like most teens, you spend time cruising the local supermarket aisles in search of something good to eat. Even if you think you know what you want, once you get to that aisle, do you find yourself confused by the the choices? Don’t despair. Help is usually right in front of you – in the form of the new food labels. These new labels feature a redesigned nutrition panel that includes fat, fiber, and calcium information. Still not sure? Join us at the supermarket.
Cruising the Aisles
Make the new food label work for you, whether you’re just looking for a healthy snack or doing the family shopping. Let’s take a quick look at the newest trends in food label facts.
First stop, the produce section. Lots of variety here, but no labels on the bananas or broccoli. Look for posters, brochures, or signs listing nutrition information for the 20 most popular fruits and vegetables. Nutrition data should include calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat, sodium, vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron. Load up on foods from this section for nutrition-packed, low-fat snacks.
Heading for the salad bar for a quick lunch? You won’t find any labels here, either. Salad bar and deli items are not required to carry nutrition labeling. If you’re concerned about fat and calories. go easy on the prepared salads ads such as coleslaw, potato salad, and marinated vegetables – and on the salad dressings. Look for fresh fruits, raw veggies, lean ham or turkey, and reduced-fat salad dressing.