National Nutriton Month
Today is the First day of Spring, quickly coming to the end of the month. What you may not have known is that March is National Nutrition Month. Health and food organizations are busy bring focus to the importance of informed food choices, physical activity, weight management and caloric intake.
The United States has the highest rate of obesity of any developed nation and health organizations are trying to get consumers to kick the "bad food" habit by giving guidelines for a healthy lifestyle and diet. The traditional Food Guide Pyramid has been replaced by MyPlate, a guide for building a healthy diet using the 5 basic food groups. MyPlate's visual illustration puts emphasis on lean proteins and lots of vegetables.
We all know that as we age it is important to have a well a balanced diet to keep the body strong and young. But, it's never to early to start. Consuming foods that boost brain power, vision, bone health and lower your blood pressure are important at any age.
With so many choices on the shelf it's hard to make well informed food decisions. I personally shop at Market Street United and I came across a really neat program they use called NuVal.
"The NuVal Nutritional Scoring System is a food scoring system that helps you see at a glance the nutritional value of the foods you buy. The NuVal System rates all foods and beverages on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the NuVal Score, the better the overall nutrition. Scores are displayed directly on shelf tags, scale labels, and other signage throughout the store so you can make quick and easy nutritional comparisons between foods."
Using the NuVal system is easier for me than reading the long list of ingredients on the back of the box. They system breaks down the information for you so that you don't have to.