Every Friday we will be rating a food product with our food coach. The purpose is to learn about foods you consume every day (or new ones you should try!) in order to better make informed decisions about what you eat!
Red Dot | Watch out food
This week we chose Parley -G Gold biscuit, an all-time favorite among Asian Indian children and adults. Below is what our Food Coach found.
This food seems to have these healthy qualities:
- Moderate in calories per serving
- Healthy balance of fat, 0 trans fat
- Healthy balance of saturated fat
- Healthy balance of sodium
- Healthy balance of carbohydrates
- Healthy balance of added sugars
However, this food is rated as a red dot food due to a few unhealthy qualities that may have negative health effects if consumed unconsciously!
- It contains artificial colors or preservatives: Our green and yellow dot rated foods should be free from added colors and other artificial additives. We recommend whole food consumption in its clean and natural state to promote healthy eating.
- It does not provide any fiber: A diet rich in fiber is essential for keeping the digestive system healthy and to reduce the risk of heart problems, diabetes, and obesity. Our Food Coach recommends at least 1.4 grams of fiber (5% of daily value) per 100-125 calories on a general healthy diet.
- It contains more than five added unfamiliar ingredients: Extra ingredients are usually added to preserve flavor, modify texture, and enhance the color or nutritional value of the food. Food and color additives are regulated and monitored by the food and drug administration in the Unites States. However, you may want to watch out for any unfamiliar added ingredient/s and the purpose of it, as some added ingredients may overpower the natural state of the food and short circuit your brain to overindulge on it.
In addition, please be aware that this food:
- Seems low in protein for its calorie level: Protein is essential to health, but recommended dietary allowance for protein is very modest, at about 10-35% of total calories. Our food coach recommends about 4- 9 grams of protein per 100-125 calories in a general healthy diet. Spread your proteins throughout the day.
- Is not a significant source of Calcium. Make sure you get this nutrient in your diet from other healthy food sources: Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and vital for health and wellness. The food label daily value for calcium is based on 1300 mg per day for adults and children > 4 years. Dairy foods have been used for centuries to get enough calcium, but it is also fortified in many foods in U.S. food supply. MyPlate recommends 2- 3 servings of dairy foods daily on a general healthy diet. No single food can supply all the nutrients that your body needs. So, make sure you eat the recommended servings from each food group of MyPlate (choosemyplate.gov) for your age and gender for optimal nourishment and good health.
- Is not a significant source of Iron. Make sure you get this nutrient in your diet from other healthy food sources: According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, iron is the most common nutrient deficiency in the U.S. Iron is vital to carry oxygen from your lungs to every cell of the body to survive. Nutrition fact labels are based on an 18 mg iron requirement daily for adults and children > 4 years old. A healthy diet is the key to getting the iron you need. Lean meats, beans, legumes, and green leafy vegetables are a good source of iron. Many cereals are also fortified with iron in the U.S. food supply. No single food can supply all of the nutrients that your body needs, so make sure you eat the recommended servings from each food group of MyPlate (choosemyplate.gov) for your age and gender for optimal nourishment and good health.
- Is not a significant source of Vitamin D. Make sure you get this nutrient in your diet from other healthy food sources and some sunlight exposure: Vitamin D is absolutely needed for good health. Insufficient vitamin D can cause many health problems. It is especially crucial for bone health and immune system function. Vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide problem because very few foods provide enough vitamin D. Our body makes most of it from the sun exposure and rely on fortified food supply. Individual Vitamin D needs vary. The daily value on the nutrition facts label is based on 20 mg of vitamin D for adults and children > 4 years old. Make sure you eat the recommend servings from each food group of MyPlate (choosemyplate.gov) for your age and gender for optimal nourishment and good health.
- Is not a significant source of Potassium. Make sure you get this nutrient in your diet from other healthy food sources: Potassium is an essential mineral for the body that has many health benefits. Potassium helps to regulate fluid balance in the body and can also decrease the risk of stroke, kidney stones, and can even help to lower blood pressure. The Food and Drug Administration set the daily value for potassium at 4700 mg per day for adults and children >4 years old. No single food can supply all the nutrients that your body needs so make sure you eat the recommend servings from each food group of MyPlate (choosemyplate.gov) for your age and gender for optimal nourishment and good health.
Conclusion: This food may be incorporated into your meal plan but should be consumed with caution to be in balance with your daily caloric and nutrients need. Visit MyPlate.Gov for food group servings recommendations for your age, gender and health conditions. Visit our Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) Service for the nutrition plan that is right for you! Use the coupon code MNT15 to receive 15% off.
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