Now back to the Heart Association web site, hopefully a bit more easy to use information.

www.heart.org

Click, click, click, click, click… ok so I previously found that for a 2000 calorie a day diet you should stay under 13 grams of saturated fat.  Also I found that you should try to stay under 300 milligrams of cholesterol.  The Heart Association site recommends that you stay under 1500 mg of sodium.  (The government site listed sodium at 2300 mg, but I think we’ll go with the heart healthy)  The Heart Association has a page about sugar, but it basically tells you it’s hard to figure out how much.  Then it says for women no more than 6 tablespoons of added sugar a day and men 9.  Food labels don’t list tablespoons of added sugar. Encounter problem number, I forget how many, let’s say six.  What good are food labels?

The government requires food to have a nutritional facts label.  They are fairly easy to read, and uniform for the most part, but how to use them?  For instance, the food labels list things like sugar in grams per serving. It seems like since they require companies to list information the way they do, there would be a chart you could easily find that would resemble the food label with the total dietary numbers recommendation.  So I have been trying to find something like that but no luck so far it would help to know what my goals should be. Since I haven’t found a quick and simple answer.  So I guess I will come up with my own.