Finding Good In ‘Bad’ Nutrients

A recent survey of over 5000 American and European consumers showed a healthy focus on attention to levels of so-called 'bad' nutrients like sugar, salt and carbohydrates. The survey also found that more of us are reading nutritional labeling in an attempt to limit our intake of saturated fats and calories. And, while more and more of us are becoming aware of the differences between 'good' and 'bad' fats, consumers on both continents are still fooled by the portion sizes stated on food packaging. We typically apply nutrition information for one serving to the entire package contents.

The Bigger Picture. While the number of servings stated on the label of any given food item can be deceiving, the larger issue is realizing that 'bad' nutrients aren't always bad for you. After a workout, your body needs sugar and carbohydrates to replace glycogen stores. Sodium, which is lost through sweat, is a required element for normal body functions. The good news is that you can find good things in just about every type of food. The key is moderation.
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