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A good friend of mine sent me this picture and it reminded me of my post back in April about the Monsanto Protection Act. It still blows my mind.

monsanto-protection-act-plant-organic-garden

https://lilysway.com/2013/04/04/the-monsanto-protection-act/

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Last week I had the opportunity to teach a high school class about proper serving sizes.  It was interesting how many students didn’t know how to properly read a food label. If you can’t read the food label on the item you are eating how are you supposed to know how much to eat?

“Untrained eyes” as I call them always look at the calories first. When you are reading a food label you should be looking at the serving size first and then the calories. If a bag of chips says 250 calories and contains 2 servings, most assume the whole bag is worth 250 calories. The reality is if you ate the whole bag you’d have to double everything on the label. If you were to eat the whole bag you are now getting 500 calories. It’s important you measure out your food so you don’t over eat. Remember a calorie is a calorie whether it’s good or bad!

Is there a difference between serving size and portion size? The answer to that question is yes! Portion size is how much you decide to eat whereas serving size is what is recommended on the label.  34% of American’s do not know how to read the food label due to lack of knowledge.  80% find serving size labeling to be the most confusing. (Sagon, C. 2010)

To help my students understand the food label I broke it down for them using a food label provided by the USDA on the white board. The picture shown below was beneficial and helped the students get an idea of where to start first.

breakdown of food label

 

  1. Read the serving size.
  2. Look at the amount of calories per serving size.
  3. Limit these! Total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium all increase your risk of certain chronic diseases, cancers, and heart disease!
  4. More of these! Most American’s are not getting enough vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. These are important for a well-balanced diet and good health.
  5. Footnote. It’s always the same and doesn’t vary from product to product. What its showing you is the breakdown of a 2,000 calorie diet and a 2,500 calorie diet.

 

My main message with this lesson plan is that certain diseases like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, stroke, ect are preventable by not over eating and watching what you eat. Diet is everything. What you put into your body and how much of what you put in your body makes a difference.