Who reads food labels is leaner
When Do you go to the supermarket, prioritize what types of food? The cheapest, the best-known brands or those with nutritional information more in line with your diet? According to a study published in the journal Agricultural Economics , this last example of consumer is most likely to be within the weight range considered ideal. The finding is a warning that the labels of the products you consume can work as allies of the diet.
To reach this conclusion, a team of scientists analyzed more than 25,000 observations on health, eating, and shopping habits of US National Health Interview Survey . One of the collected data was about whether people read food labels and how often they did it.
The results showed that reading nutritional information from products had a greater impact on the weight of women than on men. Thus, the female audience worried about the products bought had a body mass index of 1.48 points lower than the others. This equates to a reduction of 9 pounds in weight.
Labels provide valuable information about the amount of calories as well as levels of sodium, fats, sugar, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals in that food. Far from being a waste of time, the habit can contribute to a more balanced diet and, thus, to maintaining healthy weight.
Learn what the labels mean
Choosing food is key to controlling the weight, but there is so much information on the packaging of the products that you do not always know what is relevant and what the items in that table mean. Diet and Health chief nutritionist, Roberta Stella, accepted the mission to unravel the subject and help you to adopt this habit.
Although we use the term calories on a daily basis, The correct unit is called kilocalories (kcal). They are the ones that provide energy to the body in the form of macronutrients such as carbohydrates (4 kcal / g), proteins (4 kcal / g) and fat (9 kcal / g).
These nutrients are the main source of energy from your body. They can be divided into monosaccharides (fructose, glucose and galactose), disaccharides (sucrose, maltose and lactose) and polysaccharides (friend, dextrin, cellulose and glycogen). Of all the calories eaten in the day, about 50% should come from carbohydrates.
The main function of proteins is to aid in the formation of cells, enzymes and hormones in the body. Food sources of protein may be animal (meat and milk) or vegetable (legumes, such as beans). In any case, they should total 15 to 20% of the total amount of calories ingested in the diet.
Trans fat is a type of nutrient originating from vegetable fat and subjected to a hydrogenation process to give flavor, shape and texture to foods. Because it brings health risks, your intake should be limited to a maximum of 2g per day.
Saturated fat is related to the rise in bad cholesterol and therefore should not be over-consumed. Foods of animal origin are its main source, but oils, such as coconut, are also rich in this nutrient.
In the analysis, they realized that mass consumption was not related to weight gain, quite the contrary, people who consumed mass had a normally lower body mass index (BMI). This happened in part because in Italy at least, mass consumption is very much linked to consumption of other important foods in the Mediterranean diet, such as tomato and tomato sauce, onion, garlic, olive oil, rice and soft cheeses.
All people have a biological clock, each with its specific characteristics. Some individuals are more diurnal and other nocturnal, knowing their biological clock is essential to understand the best time to do certain things, such as physical exercises, sleeping and even eating. To recognize your time for day-to-day activities you just have to pay attention to your body, noting the time that has the most energy and disposition.