Reading Nutrition Labels

Reading Nutrition Labels
Posted on 10/25/2018
applesauce

Reading Nutrition Labels

applesauce

I am not a health freak.  I love steak, chicken wings and desserts.  I've been known to eat an entire bag of chips in a single seating.  But recently, I have been trying to eat healthier.  I just turned 50 and I know it will start getting harder and harder to stay fit.  So, I am trying to monitor how much food I eat and what kinds of food I eat.  Naturally, I am reading the backs of packages.  Everything is in grams.  Seriously?  What is a gram?  I know what it is...the name my kids call my mom. But certainly it is not a unit of measurement that I can relate to.  So I decided to ask my close friend - Google.  Oh my, it had all kinds of answers.  But, the one I could relate to the most was this fact.  4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon.  So then I started to look up what that means.  A can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar.  If my math is correct, that is just under 10 teaspoons of sugar.  Can you even fit ten teaspoons of sugar in a can?  How is Coke not crunchy with all that sugar?  But we all know Coke is bad for you.  How about a small container of Mott's Applesauce?  Yup it has 23 grams of sugar or nearly 6 teaspoons.  Yikes!  Dole diced peaches in a small container has 18 grams of sugar or 4 1/2 teaspoons.  What on earth are we supposed to feed our kids, tree bark?  I know there are some healthy choices out there, but I was shocked to find out things which I thought were healthy choices are actually not.  Maybe I will follow the silly rule I tell kids in braces when they ask me what they can eat.  If it tastes good then spit it out.  Or maybe I will just switch to lettuce.  Hmmmmm.  Well, whatever the answer is, I think I will start tomorrow. 

Sincerely,



Dr. Jonathan Chason
Orthodontist, Franklin office