How to Maintain your Low-Carb Diet

Have you been on the Atkins Diet or South Beach or a similar diet plan for some time? One of the challenges in low-carb dieting is planning meals that are appealing and healthy. Cooking your own foods is a long-term success strategy for sticking to a diet that works… Cooking Low-Carb Recipes and Foods Expert Foods’ products…

Nutrition Labels for Low-Carb Dieters

Labels for Low-carb Dieters What special problems do lowcarbers have? The law and regulations requiring nutrition panels on food labels were originally implemented as part of a campaign to get people to eat less fat. As a result, certain aspects of the law are less helpful and/or accurate for diets with a different focus. Despite…

Nutrition Facts Labels: Nutrition Data Consistency

Nutrition Data Consistency How can we figure out whether labels are accurate? Read your labels carefully. Check out the math. Learn as much as possible about the ingredients in your food. Don’t buy products with inaccurate labels. Let their manufacturers know that they’ve lost sales. What do you mean by “read your labels carefully”? If…

Nutrition Facts Labels: Problems with Labeling

Problems with Labeling Why are some foods sold without nutrition information? Food labels are not always required, as long as no health claims are made. Because it is costly to acquire and disseminate nutritional information, foods produced in limited quantities and/or by small businesses, ready-to-eat foods, or foods packaged for immediate consumption are exempt. In…

Nutrition Facts Labels: Nutrition Label Accuracy

Nutrition Label Accuracy Are the Nutrition Facts reported correctly? According to a 1996 FDA spot check, nutrition labels had an overall rate of 92% correct. However, please don’t take that to mean that each item sampled had exactly the amounts of nutrients specified on the label. The labels were correct according to the regulations, which…

Nutrition Facts labels: What the Labels Mean

What the Labels Mean Where do they get the nutrient values on the labels? Manufacturers of processed foods have several choices. They can take samples from 12 different batches and have them analyzed for their chemical components. There are one or more officially-approved methods of analysis for each constituent. They can also have the nutrients…

Nutrition Facts labels: Nutrition Label Basics

Nutrition Label Basics Background Nutrition labels have revolutionized the way we buy food — especially for people on special diets. No longer is it necessary to restrict food choices to those products and brands that are known to be safe. Now we can simply read a label with its precisely-measured nutrients to make appropriate food…

Dietary Fiber: Fiber and Health

Fiber and Health Is fiber good for health? If just a fraction of the studies reported are correct, the answer is a resounding yes. Dietary fiber has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, mitigate the blood sugar fluctuations of diabetes, and allow kidney failure patients to eat more protein. However, the…

Dietary Fiber: Fiber Basics

Fiber Basics What is dietary fiber? Dietary fiber is made up of complex carbohydrates that humans lack the enzymes to digest. Why is fiber supposed to be good for us? Fiber does a number of things that benefit us and, with rare exceptions, has no down side other than temporary discomfort from increasing it too…

Raspberry Sorbet: Sugar-free Low-carb

It is difficult to make a truly low-carb sorbet, as not only must you eliminate the added sugar, but also limit the sugar that comes from the fruit. Howevever, with the help of Wise Choice Frozen Dessert Mix, it is possible to make a delicious sorbet without sugar and where the flavor of the fruit…