How to find your foods

All food items are arranged alphabetically. For example, if you want to find peppers, turn to the nutrition counter and look for “peppers.” Under “peppers” you will see that there are several types of peppers, and you can easily compare the nutritional values of each.

Some foods have been placed in categories. One of the food categories is “Frozen Dinners and Entrees.” Dinners represent entire meals, which generally are packaged to include an entree (e.g., lasagna, meatloaf, fish fillet), a side vegetable, and a dessert. An entrée is packaged to contain the main food item only (e.g., pasta, chicken breast, fish fillet).

No nutrition counter would be complete without a fast food category, and ours lists foods alphabetically for many of the most popular fast food establishments in the United States. You already know that you need to limit or avoid most fast foods and other treats such as cookies, candies, and doughnuts and that you should look for nutritious alternatives instead. That’s why we have included healthier versions of these treats whenever possible. The counter makes it easy for you to compare the helpful and harmful nutrients in similar foods so you can make an informed choice.

NOTE: The DRI (Daily Recommended Intake) is an expansion of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) designation, which is being phased out. It’s important to understand that RDA and DRI values are based on the minimum amount needed by healthy individuals to maintain an adequate amount of the given nutrient in the body. These values are not sufficient for people who are already deficient in any one or more nutrients and/or anyone who has a medical condition or is exposed to conditions that make higher levels of the nutrient desirable. Basically, the DRIs and RDAs are too low for nearly everyone, and especially if you want to fight aging, so they should be used as a guideline only.

Category: Nutrition counter