How to Read the Labels on Your Food Packaging

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The nutrition facts on your food’s packaging is more than just an easy read over breakfast. These labels hold important insider information about the foods that you’re eating!

Without labels, you wouldn’t know what is in the food you are about to consume or its nutritional value. It would be anyone’s best guess!

According to a health and diet survey from the FDA, over half of the respondents claimed that they often read the label the first time they purchase a food product. Unfortunately, though, many people aren’t quite certain what the information on labels means. Food labels can be difficult to understand, especially if you don’t know what you are looking for.

If you’d like to know more about the food you’re eating, check the label. Here are some important things that the nutrient facts can tell you:

Serving Size
As much as some of us would like to assume that a serving is the entire package, sadly, this isn’t often the case. There’s usually more than one serving inside the container. Most of us know this, but it’s easy to forget about this crucial piece of info when the package is small. Checking the serving size is one of the most important parts of reading labels; all of the nutritional information is listed according to servings. Knowing what the allotted serving size is can then help you to calculate this information accurately.

The Ingredients
It’s also important to read the ingredients to ensure you are getting the whole scoop on what your food is made from. First, it’s important to note that ingredients are listed in order of volume, so there will be more of the first ingredient than the last. This means that if sugar is listed as one of the first ingredients, you can be certain that there will be a significant amount. Companies like to hide sugar in products by adding two or three different sweeteners. This way, each ingredient’s volume will be lower, making it appear that there’s less. On that note, watch out for words ending in “ose.” In short, this means that the ingredient is a sugar. You’ll also want to avoid or limit your intake of foods that contain partially hydrogenated oil – the primary source of trans fat. As a general rule, shorter ingredient lists with recognizable ingredients are always a good sign.

The Nutrients
The label should also list the percentage of your daily recommended intake of nutrients that are found in a serving of the food. It’s based upon a 2,000 calorie a day diet, so keep in mind that your needs may vary depending on your age, gender and activity level. Still, this is a helpful guide if you are trying to find foods with more or less of a specific nutrient and will show you which nutrients the food provides.

What about foods that aren’t labeled? No worries! In most cases, foods that aren’t labeled only contain one ingredient – the food itself! When choosing packaged food, however, it pays to read the label. Take control of your eating and know what you’re buying. It’ll help you to make informed choices, allow you to eat healthier, and lead you to choosing higher quality products. And, you’ll enjoy your food more!

Do you read labels?

DIY Acai Bowls

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Do you consider yourself a smoothie enthusiast? Then, you’re going to love this DIY! Acai bowls are slowly becoming the newest breakfast trend. The best part? It’s essentially a smoothie in a big breakfast bowl! Who doesn’t love that? Go through each step of our DIY Acai Bowl and make your own creation! WOOHOO!

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3 Ways Cupping Can Detox Your Body

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You may have heard of cupping, that trend that’s sweeping across the world and responsible for those funny red circles appearing on the backs of celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow.

But what exactly is cupping? And why is it suddenly starting to gain a lot of traction?

While cupping is experiencing a resurgence in recent years, the therapy itself goes back centuries. This alternative medicine dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. There’s even evidence that the Egyptians were using cupping therapy as early as 1,550 B.C.

During cupping therapy, heated cups are applied to the body. The heat causes them to suction onto the skin, and the suctioning is thought to help draw the toxins and cell waste out of the body. Many people report feeling relaxed, healthier, lighter, and even experiencing a sense of relief after cupping.

While some people are nervous about the red marks that cupping leaves on the skin, the fact is that these marks are not painful. Rather, they’re the result of blood being forced to the top of the skin, helping the body to detox. Depending on the severity of the toxins in the body, the marks can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

If you’re curious about cupping and wondering how it could benefit you, here’s a look at three ways that this therapy can detoxify your body.

1. It Releases Toxins That Are Stored in the Body
When your liver or kidneys are unable to process all of the toxins in your body, they are ‘stored’ to be dealt with later. Usually, these toxins end up in the muscles. Cupping helps lift and loosen these toxins. Then, it breaks up and drains the stagnation. The process is especially helpful for those who have been in a toxic environment or on medication for a long period of time.

2. Can Improve Circulation
Since cupping clears stagnant blood and fluid, it can also help to improve circulation. The vacuum that cupping creates pulls non-circulating, stagnant blood away from the area, allowing the flow of fresh blood to be restored to the affected area and the rest of the body.

3. It Can Be Used to Clear Congestion
Another interesting benefit of cupping is that it can also be used to clear congestion from a cold — or help to control asthma. It’s worth noting that respiratory conditions are one of the most common issues that cupping is used for.

If you feel that your body is overloaded with toxins and you’d like a bit of help “cleaning up,” then consider giving cupping a try. Don’t let the short-term effects of cupping put you off — the long-term results far outweigh any temporary discoloration of your skin and will leave you feeling relaxed and healthier overall.

Are you ready to try cupping?