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Labels, learn to read them

TC Talk 2: Labels, learn to read them

Mireia Cervera 24 February 2017

On February 23, our restaurant Teresa Carles Lleida, opened its doors to celebrate Teresa Carles Talk 2 about "Labels: learn to read and interpret them", by the hand of Dietitian-Nutritionist María Gil.
Labels are the main means of communication between producers and consumers, and allow us to know information about the food: the origin, the way of conspreservation, the ingredients that compose it and the nutrients that they contribute to our diet. In order to follow a healthy diet and make safe and responsible purchases, María Gil taught us in a clear and understandable way to decipher the labels of whats food.

When we go to the supermarket, we seldom stop to look at the labels of the foods that we are buying, everything that contains the basic information about what we have chosen.

It is necessary that we look at the nutritional information of the product that we are going to buy and / or consume

In order to have a healthy diet, insisted María Gil, it is necessary that we look at the nutritional information of the product that we are going to buy and / or consume. This includes the energy value (calories) that it contributes per 100grams of product, as well as the percentage it represents on the recommended daily amount (RDA). In addition, you must specify the amount of total fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugars (the part of carbohydrates less saludable), proteins and salt. But above all we must look at the amount of sugar, saturated fat and salt . Sugar is particularly harmful because it rises quickly in the blood and increases the risk of diabetes. According toWHO we should not exceed 20 grams / day. Saturated fats, although they should not be demonized, are in principle the most harmful. Must
María Gil stressed that spending a few minutes in aTo read the label regularly, it will help us to better select the foods that allow us, on the one hand, to have an adequate diet, and on the other, to prevent diseases related to food.

In the end, when it's overDuring the talk, María Gil prepared a fun and educational practical workshop for all attendees. Intuitively they had to be ordered from smallest to largest, without looking at the nutritional information, the amount of sugar they containeda series of products bought by Maria in a supermarket. We had several surprises , products that seemed healthy turned out to be the ones that contained the most sugar!

If you could not attend the event or simplyyou want to see the talk again, don't miss our YouTube channel, where we are publishing all the Talks.

Mireia Cervera Nutritionist Teresa Carles Healthy Foods Group - Flax & Kale