Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New Web Tool Helps Dissect Food Facts

American Diabetic AssociationThe American Diabetes Association has launched a new interactive tool on its Web site designed to help consumers better understand the nutritional compromises of food choices.

The new tool, MyFoodAdvisor, assesses foods for 22 different nutrients, suggests alternatives and analyzes the overall health benefits of foods. Portion sizes are standardized, based on American Diabetes Association and American Dietetic Association exchange lists, so that all carbohydrate-containing foods are in servings of about 15 grams of carbs.

The online tool is designed for individuals combating diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and obesity. It allows users to browse by food category, or search specific items; save recipes to a personal recipe box; analyze recipes for specific nutritional information; and produce shopping lists based on ingredients.
"When health care providers tell patients to watch their carbs, eat more fiber or to avoid saturated fats, most people don't know where to start," Ann Albright, president of health care and education for the association, said in a statement.

"MyFoodAdvisor takes the guesswork out of that.

This tool appeals to so many looking for nutrition information: people with diabetes because of the consistent portions of carbohydrates and proteins; people with or at risk for heart disease because of the option to search by fiber, sodium and saturated fats; and people with kidney disease because potassium and phosphorous information is included, which is not listed on standard nutrition labels.
Source: American Diabetes Association

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