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Portion Control in a Diet

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Portion control is an important aspect of every successful diet, and even if you’re eating lots of healthy meats and vegetables; you have to make sure you’re eating the right amount.

It’s easy to put too much cereal in your bowl, or too many carbohydrates with your evening meal, and a portion control plate can give you an idea on the ideal amount. You may find that you lose weight fast if you start eating the right amounts, but of course there may be times when your body needs more food to recover. Proteins can repair muscles quicker and if you’ve burnt a lot of calories in an intense gym session, a larger portion can be beneficial, so use it as a guide rather than a measuring device.

The more you’re thinking about portion sizes, the healthier you’re likely to be, and sometimes (for weight loss) it’s a case of being a little bit stricter on your appetite.

FDA is Considering Requiring an Added Sugar Label

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Most of the developed world is trying, to some degree or another, to legally require food and beverage companies to display nutritional information on all of their products. The FDA in USA are trying to take this a step further; requiring companies to display the amount of sugar in the product, as well as the amount that has been added. This will tell people how much of the sugar is naturally contained in the components of the food or drink, and how much has been added on top of this to affect the taste of the food.

Developments like this are sure to please many people concerned with health around the world, but it isn’t done yet. So far, the food and beverage lobby in USA have presented substantial opposition to the proposed changes to the labelling requirements, with concerns being made by businesses like Ocean Spray, who argue that any labelling along this line will unfairly harm their business, as the Cranberry fruit is naturally low in sugar, and adding more to their products only brings it in line with the levels of sugar you’ll find in orange juice.