THE HEART OF THE MATTER
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Week 622.1 & 622.2

Guest Edith Hogan, reg. dietician, spokesperson, American Dietetic Assn.

Topic Food labeling - daily percentages

Host/Producer Steve Girard

NEMA A confusing part of food nutrition labels it the category Percent of daily values. Nutritionist Edith Hogan...

HOGAN And another thing that I think is important is when it says Percent of daily values. ThatÕs kind of confusing. People look and see how much fat is in it, and then they see this percentage, and that basically is the recommended daily amount. it's a percent of the daily amount that you need of each of the nutrients. And it's based again on that 2 thousand calorie diet. And so, if you eat more than the 2 thousand calories, you have to increase that percentage of daily value, and if you eat less, you decrease it.

The other thing, for example, is if you choose a food with a daily value of 10% from fat, this means that you still have 90% of of the daily value of fat to enjoy in other food choices. And I think that's something people have to remember....the total amount of fat they can have. And not look just at one figure.

NEMA One change in the food labels is a more realistic Servings per container listing. Read the label, but don't obsess. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.

Week 622.2

Guest Edith Hogan, reg. dietician, spokesperson, American Dietetic Assn.

Topic Food labeling - Fat items

Host/Producer Steve Girard

NEMA Nutritionist Edith Hogan of the American Dietetic Association says when we look at food nutrition labels, realize fat is an important nutrient...

HOGAN And what you need in terms of your total fat is the same thing that you need in your total diet. And that's balance and moderation and variety. And you need a variety of fats to get all of the nutrients from those different kind of fats. Saturated fat comes primarily from animal sources. The others are monosaturated and polyunsaturated. Polyunsaturated fats sometimes are listed on the label...they are liquid at room temperature, they come from plant sources. Mono, for example would be olive oil. But what it means is your total calories from fat should be about 30%, so if you break that 30% down evenly, you have 10 % of your calories from each group. And so if you find on a label that your saturated is 10% of the total fat...that's good. And if it's a little more, that's okay, because all foods can fit. it's just a matter of balancing, at another meal, something that's lesser in fat.

NEMA A nutrition label listing of 10% of daily value means you still have 90% of that nutrient left for the day. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.