March 28, 2017

Italian food plays a major role in America's culinary tradition. Pasta dishes abound. But in the last 20 years, low-carb living has led many people to forgo pasta, which is a shame.

Pasta can definitely be a part of a healthy diet, including weight loss programs. Here are a few things to consider.

The main concern when eating pasta is the serving size. If you compare a pasta dish in an American restaurant to its counterpart in Europe, you'll immediately understand what we're talking about.

The FDA defines a serving of pasta as 2-ounces dry (4 ounces cooked). This serving, before adding sauce, will set you back 200 calories. Indeed, pasta is an energy dense food! Pasta is made from durum wheat, a grain with relatively high protein content. A serving has approximately 40 grams of carbs, but also 6 grams of protein!

Take note, and the next time you cook, make only the amount you'll need for a single serving per diner.

We always recommend eating whole grains, and pasta is no exception. Standard...

January 4, 2016

Yogurt, especially the Greek variety, has skyrocketed in popularity in the last decade. This is good news. Yogurt is a wonderful food, whether for breakfast or snack. Here are a few things you should know in order to choose the best yogurt for you.


Tip #1 - Yogurt contains natural sugars
All dairy yogurts contain a naturally occurring sugar called lactose. Each ounce of yogurt has about 1 gram of sugar. Thus, even a plain, 6-ounce yogurt will have 6 grams of sugar, equivalent to a teaspoon and a half.


Tip #2 - Most yogurts have added sugars
Unless you buy "plain", your yogurt will have added sugars. This is unfortunate, because in many cases manufacturers add 2 to 4 teaspoons of sugar. To see how much was added, just scan the product with your Fooducate app., additionally, look at the sugars information in the product's nutrition facts panel. In fruit flavored yogurts, some of the added sweetness is from the fruit (blueberry, strawberry), but the manufacturer always adds a sugar ingred...

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