Are You Heart Smart?

Happy American Heart Month!

Grocery shopping can be a daunting endeavor! Most of my brand new clients come to me lost, confused and have minimal understanding of how to make good food choices from the nutrition facts label! I’m here to set you free!

Have you seen the heart check symbol on food labels? One of the main skills I teach all of my coaching clients is how to properly find foods at the store that fit into their daily plan and help them make the best decisions possible.

The American heart Association has definitely done their part in giving us a simple tool to eat smarter!! When you see the heart check mark on any package, you can be confident that the product aligns with the American Heart Association‘s recommendations for an overall healthy eating pattern.

Did you know that over 1000 products carry the heart check mark?! Look for it wherever you shop and it’s almost in every aisle! Here are some of the deets on what it takes to be heart check certified:

•Source of nutrients. There has to be more beneficial nutrients that are naturally occurring in the product to have the check! Specifically 10% or more of the daily value of 1 of 6 nutrients in the following categories-vitamin A, vitamin C iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber

•Limited in sodium. One of four sodium limits apply depending on the particular food category: up to 140 mg, 240 mg or 360 mg per label serving or 480 mg per label serving and per standard serving size

•Limited in bad fats. Saturated fat must be 1 g or less per standard serving size and 15% or less calories from saturated fat. Trans fat must be less than 0.5 g per label serving size and per standard serving size. Products containing partially hydrogenated oils are not eligible for certification

I know you will find these tips helpful! Happy shopping!