Sunday, March 22, 2009
Every day, I run a nutritional report, summarizing everything I've entered on my SparkPeople nutrition tracker. Every day, I get a lecture. It goes something like this:
'You're not getting enough potassium. Eat something with potassium. What's wrong with you- do you have something against potassium? You're playing a very dangerous game with your health here, missy. We'll be happy to tell you what to eat to get more potassium.'
Well, this begs the question, how do either ME or SparkPeople really know?
Because the law doesn't require potassium content to be listed on nutrition labels, most of of the time, it ISN'T listed. This missing information causes falsely low potassium reports.
Look at almost any nutritional label. Chances are, potassium isn't mentioned. That isn't because it has none (example: if an item has no fat, fat is still listed, but it lists as "0"). It's because the information is strictly voluntary. Only a tiny handful of companies CHOOSE to give us this information about their products.
Eating a few servings of fruits/vegetables every day, combined with the missing numbers, may in fact bring your potassium level up to snuff. And I'm fairly sure that on most days, I'M UP TO SNUFF.
Please, until Congress passes a law requiring potassium to be listed on nutrition labels, spare me the lecture.