Read Your Labels

Shopping for food shouldn’t be complicated, but it is. There are signs and claims on boxes and packages that scream “healthy” to entice you but which system should you listen to? Loblaws has licensed a system that has been in use in the US for some time now called the Star System. One study showed that it improved purchasing choices 24% of the time, that’s a pretty good rate. It works like this: items receive zero to three stars depending upon their benefits like vitamins, minerals, fiber, whole grains versus fats, cholesterol, sugar and sodium.  It is a much better system than what is currently in use but it is only being rolled out in one province in Canada at the moment; Ontario. Here are some key pros and cons...

Theresa Albert, a yummymummyclub alum is a foodie who happens to be a nutritionist and not the other way around. She loves to explore food and the culture of food and all of the human love/hate rituals that surround it. Her new book Ace Your Health: 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck (McClelland & Stewart) is a fun, practical guide to making tasty, changes for improved health using morsels of information and delicious, healthy recipes. Her television show "Just One Bite" aired on the Food Network for over two years in a daily time slot and still appears on BBC kids, it introduced her energetic style to millions. She is also the author of Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day.

Definitely not a finger wagger, as a registered nutritionist, Theresa Albert, DHN, RNCP, has a passion for simple, honest solutions to today's lifestyle choices. In addition to her private practice at the Toronto Clinic, she has provided content and comment for every major Canadian broadcaster and is forever pushing the bologna out of lunchboxes and out of the news media. As an avid social media user, blogger/writer and as a parent, she understands the struggles of balancing priorities in real life. In print newspapers and magazines, you will often see her quoted when an issue needs common sense clarification. 

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