Nutrition: Food Facts and Fiction (cont.)

MODERATOR:
It is very important when reading food labels to look at what they are calling a single portion. I recently was reading a pickle label and discovered that they called half of a pickle "one portion."

Before we wrap up for today, do you have any final comments for us, Dr. Carbone?

CARBONE:
I think that there is a lot of information out there, which, as I mentioned before, can be both a good thing and a bad thing. People do get access to a lot more information, but it can be confusing. Focus on a couple of key points:

  • If something is promoting itself as a quick fix, be wary.
  • If you have some reservations about information that you're reading, ask a dietician or health care professional.
  • Always work with the idea of moderation and balance.
  • And finally, be true to yourself. Focus on lifestyle and behavior changes that you can make that are right for you and that you can incorporate as part of your life for the long- term.

MODERATOR:
Thanks to Elena Carbone, DrPH, RD, LDNs, for sharing her expertise with us. And thanks to you, members for your great questions.

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