Ware, MA (December 21, 2011) – Labels are required by the federal government on all packaged and processed food, said Alicia Walter, MS RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Educator at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. But buyer beware, often what is on the front of the package is designed to get the product in our shopping carts. Reading the nutritional label on the back of the product is the best way to make healthy food choices while you are shopping.
The Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Diabetes Support Group meets the first Wednesday of every month from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Main Conference Room located on the second floor of the hospital. Walter who facilitates the group will discuss Nutritional Facts and Label Reading during the January 4th Diabetes Support Group Meeting.
“The more practice you get reading food labels, the better you can become in using them as a tool to plan a healthy, balanced diet. By reading the nutrition facts label you can learn about the amounts of nutrients as fat, sodium and fiber in the products before you purchase them,” said Walter. “Knowing this information can help you decide whether a food or beverage fits in to your eating plan or is appropriate if you have diabetes. You can also learn to compare similar products see which one might be a healthier choice.”
Participants are encouraged to bring food labels from home to this meeting so they can review the labels for the different foods they eat.
The Diabetes support group offers a forum to exchange tips between group members, and each meeting covers a specific topic. Discussions include the latest diets, understanding medications and what they do, how mental and physical stress affects blood sugar, and much more. Meetings are open to community members who have diabetes, their families and anyone who is interested in learning more about diabetes. Registration is not required, for more information contact Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs and Community Relations Specialist at 413-967-2296.