Cast Your Vote for Healthy Eating Habits

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012
Vote YES to Healthy Food election day blog post

Election Day draws near and unlike the Presidential election, the opportunity for healthy voting at the plate comes 3 times a day, 365 days a year—that’s 82,125 meal opportunities in a lifetime. Cast a vote for healthy eating, and keep those promises you’ve made to yourself and loved ones to eat right.

  • Join the Breakfast Campaign. If breakfast consists of coffee or a muffin from the office break room at best, it’s time to switch parties for a new morning routine. Start your day with protein and carbs for lasting fullness. Ideas: hard-boiled egg and toast, yogurt and fruit, or oatmeal made with non-fat or reduced-fat milk.
  • Evaluate Your Incumbent Snacks. While chips, cookies and crackers are convenient and tasty, they offer little nutrient value beyond calories and perhaps a smidgeon of fiber. Opt for one-ounce of in-shell pistachios—still a crunchy snack!—that comes with 6 grams of plant protein, 3 grams of fiber and essential vitamins and minerals (1).
  • FOP, not GOP—A Call for Label Reading. A study that looked at survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that women who read food labels had, on average, a 1.49-point lower body mass index compared to those who didn’t pay attention to labels. For an average woman, that’s a difference of about eight pounds. Start turning over packages to spot the Nutrition Facts Panel, and don’t forget the FOP (front-of-pack) label, too!

Now onward to the polling booth and grocery store. This week cast your vote for healthy eating habits, and no re-counts allowed.

Reference
1. U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 25.
2. Loureiro, M.L., et al. “The Effects of Nutritional Labels on Obesity.” Agricultural Economics. 2012; 43:333-342.