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Love this idea! I think I just may try it with the butternut squash I have on my counter (though I don't think that peel will ever get soft enough to eat!).
Not familiar with the saying "poking the tiger"! :) But I'm glad that we were able to come to some agreement and learn from one another. It is always good to know as a dietitian where there are discrepancies so that we can help fill in the void. I don't know David personally - just through twitter and hearing him speak this past spring - but I think he is terrific!
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Oh, and one last resource that I forgot when it comes to reading labels, is a new book just recently released called "Read it Before you Eat it" but Bonnie Taub-Dix. It is a great resource that really helps break down food labels, what you need to know and not buy into the marketing claims on the front of packages!
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You are exactly right that it is a big problem. As a registered dietitian it is something that I face every day with my clients. While yes, the studies say it is only numbers when it comes to weight, there is much more to the picture in terms of overall health on the inside and out. The quality of the numbers cannot be overlooked and that is where dietitians, the nutrition experts, come into play to translate what the numbers mean. Not everyone has access to a dietitian, and there are good and not-so-good ones out there like in any profession, but there are still ways to make sense of all of the information. Some of my favorite book resources are Elisa Zied's "Nutrition at your Fingertips" and both of David Grotto's books "101 Optimal Life Foods" and "101 Foods that Could Save Your Life." Also, there is a wealth of information at www.eatright.org which is the American Dietetic Association's website. Janet Helm has a fabulous blog at www.nutritionunplugged.com or you can find a whole list of dietiitan blogs at www.nutritionblognetwork.com. Those are just a few to get anyone started on making sense of all of the nutrition information that is out there. The only way to learn it is to go to school to become a registered dietitian like myself, or search out those who have already done that - and we love to share our knowledge with others!
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This is the type of nutrition misinformation that is downright dangerous and confusing to the public. Please speak to a regsitered dietitian or get your facts from a credible nutrition source. But to quickly point out some of the fallacies here: dairy products do have sodium in them (this is true of all milk and not just at McDonald's), most of it is natural, and some added (as in cheese - part of the process in which is is made). Your numbers for recommended amount of sodium are incorrect. The current level is 2300 mg per day, but the new Dietary Guidelines to be released next week are expected to lower it to 1500 mg per day. Also, the sugar that is in milk (plain, not chocolate) is natural and not added in sugar - this is a big difference. It is important to also consider the nutrient density of the product as a whole, which you clearly fail to do. In watching sodium, I would much rather someone drink milk than a coke. In addition, for hypertension, calcium and vitamin D are nutrients of particular concern, which is found in milk and not Coke, tea or apple juice. I agree that most Americans need to be more conscious of sodium levels in ALL foods - it is in a surprising number of places - but there are other factors that need to be taken into account as well in order to really make good decisions.
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