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Friday, September 16, 2011

I love my Mom, I really do. There are times, though, when I want to take her by the shoulders and yell at her to "Pay attention to what's going on around you!"

She came home from work last night and announced she had to go to Safeway to get a cake for work, so she goes off with Pop to do some shopping. They get home about an hour and a half later and I went out to help unload the van. Her cake, chicken caesar salads from Costco, several bottles of diet soda, and since we were both running low, she bought Peanut Butter. (I use creamy, she'll only eat crunchy) She proudly hand me the jar of Skippy's Reduced Fat Peanut Butter and say's "Look what I found." Like it was a big discovery. I sigh and remind her that I compared labels almost two months ago, when WE were shopping together, and the Regular PB is actually a better choice. My Mom is a classic example of someone who assumes that if the label says "Lowfat" "Fat Free" or "Diet" it has to be healthier. If fat was ALL I was concerned about, then I guess the Reduced fat would be the choice to make, but there are other concerns, and the regular comes ahead there.
Regular PB
Total Fat: 16g
Sat Fat: 3g
Sodium: 150mg
Total Carbs: 7g
Sugars: 3g

Reduced Fat PB
180 cal
Total Fat: 12g
Sat Fat: 2g
Sodium: 170mg
Total Carbs: 15g
Sugars: 4g

Mom is Diabetic, and needs to pay attention to her total carb intake as well as sugars, so 15g is kind of high for something she is eating as her protein. I struggle with hidden sodium to stay under 2500mg, so even an extra 20mg is more that I want.

The moral of this tale...read your labels. I just hope my Mom remembers.

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    I agree. I am constantly surprised at the labels. In our store they also have labels called NUVAL I don't know if that is just a HyVee thing or if everyone has it. (We have only one true grocery store) The higer the NuVal # the better it is health wise. For example broccoli is 100 but if it has cheese added it starts to go down because of fat and salt etc.....

    I like to look at the highest values and then decide. ( don't know what prompted the higher # or what caused it to be lower.
    It's not perfect but if you aren't a label reader it can be a tool, so if you are going to make a bad choice in food then you can at least pick the better of the bad choices!

    2380 days ago
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