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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Nutrition Tip of the Day - January 23, 2011

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Today's Nutrition Tip:

Read bread labels.  Food manufacturers love to slap the “wheat” label on bread. Well technically most bread is made from wheat (unless you are getting into gluten-free varieties). Most wheat breads don’t offer much more benefit than white bread. Manufacturers are betting that consumers will see “wheat” on the label and assume it is healthy.  You need to be an informed consumer.  Look for “whole grain” or “whole wheat” as the first ingredient on the packaging. If the first ingredient is white flour, put it back. Also look at the fiber content to get the whole story. True whole grain bread will have at least 2 grams of fiber per slice, if not more.

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Jennifer Voss is a registered dietitian, licensed within the state of Ohio. On this blog, she discusses general nutrition information. This blog should not be used as a substitute for medical advice. Any specific medical or nutrition-related health concerns should be directed to a registered dietitian or medical doctor who is familiar with your medical history.