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Cereal Food Labels For Cheerios
I see on cereal labels that some have added "fiber", but the "fiber" names sound artificial. Is the so called "fiber" safe? Is it helpful?
Safe and helpful: The "fiber" in cereal and other foods is typically the husk around seeds like grain or psyllium. It is safe and many people find it helps to keep them regular. Note, however, that many sugary cereals like lucky charms are not advertising "whole grain" and otherwise claiming to be high in fiber. They are still loaded with sugar and not very healthy. ...Read more
Can iron-fortified foods such as cereal cause stomach upset? Have noticed Cheerios sometimes upset mine and 1 serving contains about 50% RDA for iron.
On food labels, there are different kinds of fiber. Which kind is beneficial, which don't make a difference, and which just gives you gas?
Dietary fiber: Pectin and gum are water-soluble fibers found inside plant cells. They slow the passage of food through the intestines. Beans, oat bran, fruit and vegetables contain water-soluble fiber. In contrast, fibers in cell walls are water insoluble. These include cellulose, hemicellulose anand lignin. Such fibers increase fecal bulk and speed up the passage of food through the digestive tract. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Five ingredients: I highly recommend a book written by micheal pollan called food rules. Only buy food that has five ingredients or less. If you follow this rule you will be forced to buy unprocessed food which is generally the healthiest kind. Don't buy food that comes in a box, is microwaveable, or prepared by someone else. Buy wholesome ingredients and make your food yourself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always easy: Most are reasonable in terms of calories (be careful about serving size) and sugar and fat content. But the listing of other components is almost certainly not accurate. The government is planning a new labeling initiative to take some of the mystery out of labels - keep posted. ...Read more
Food labels: Ingredients & expiration date.Get a more detailed answer ›
Read carefully: The values are generally accurate, but can be misleading on casual reading. A bag of potato chips may state the each serving has x calories. You also need to look up how many servings are in the bag. ...Read more
Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more
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