Hello! This is Margarita Corado, I am an undergraduate student from Manhattan College studying to be a computer engineer. I am also an intern on the Mi Vida Saludable Study. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends. In this newsletter you will learn how to choose the best drinks and also how to read nutrition facts labels.
Mi Vida Saludable News #11
Choosing the Best Drinks and Reading Nutrition Facts Labels
Choosing the Best Drinks
Sweet drinks are often packed with sugar – juices, soda, energy drinks, and iced tea all have a lot of it.
In the image below, the blue bars show how much sugar is in each drink. The bar on the far left is how much total sugar we need in a day – all drinks shown here have almost as much or more sugar than we need in an entire day!
Avoid these drinks because they are high in added sugar. Healthier drink options are low in calories and have little to no sugar in them, while still tasting great. Examples shown here include water (add slices of fruits or vegetables to give it a flavor burst!) and low-fat or non-fat unsweetened milk varieties.
Reading Nutrition Facts Labels
If you are unsure on how to find how many grams of sugar in your favorite drinks, try reading the nutrition facts labels! Nutrition Facts Labels can seem confusing at first. But they’re not! Let’s walk through reading one.
Reading nutrition facts labels isn’t so hard! Use nutrition labels to compare foods and make the healthiest choices the next time you shop.
The National Cancer Institute has resources available to help manage life after treatment available here: http://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/facing-forward
For more recipes, how-to articles, and videos on making healthy choices, visit:www.cookforyourlife.org
Questions or comments?
Please contact Amanda Marín-Chollom: (212) 305-3640