Nutrition Definition Cheat Sheet

Here, learn the Real Simple definitions for 12 common nutritional terms.

By Lygeia Grace
Heart heatlhy label 

Heart-Healthy
These recipes contain controlled amounts of fat, saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol, as recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Heart Association as part of a general guide to heart health. The recipes should be used in a total-diet approach according to individual health needs.

Diabetic
These recipes have acceptable carbohydrate amounts appropriate for most members of the diabetic population. They also contain limited fat, saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol.

Low-Fat
These recipes are consistent with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommendation that a person’s total daily fat intake equal only 30 percent of total daily calorie intake as part of a general guide to a healthy lifestyle.

Low-Saturated-Fat
These recipes are consistent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommendations that a person's total daily saturated fat intake equal less than 10 percent of total daily calorie intake as part of a general guide to heart health to decrease the risk of heart disease.

Low-Cholesterol
These recipes are consistent with the American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations for a total daily cholesterol intake of less than 300 milligrams a day for healthy people. When followed consistently, a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat may reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Low-Sodium
These recipes are consistent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services  recommendations for a total daily sodium intake of less than 2,300 milligrams. Emerging research suggests that people with hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease and those at risk for developing hypertension should limit daily sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams a day.

 
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