5. Choosing low energy-dense foods
Go for low energy-dense foods. Energy density refers to the ratio of calories to the weight of the food.
Less calories per portion size is generally better for weight management. Eating low energy-dense food will help you feel full because of the relatively bigger portion size, but low caloric amount
Remember to limit your intake of medium and high energy-density foods. If you want to manage your weight, go for lower energy-density foods!
Understand nutrient content claims. They are not always as they seem!
- A zero-calorie product can actually contain up to 4 calories per serving
- A fat-free product can contain up to 0.5 grams of fat per serving
- A low-fat product can have as much as 3 grams for solid products and 1.5g for liquid products
Check the Label!
The Food Label was designed to help people choose foods well.
By knowing how to use it, you can understand how a specific food item can fit into your overall diet.
You can more effectively and efficiently select foods and choose between products.
So go ahead, check the label!