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Letter: Try to avoid empty calories, choose nutrient-rich foods

Try to avoid empty calories, choose nutrient-rich foods

As a registered dietitian nutritionist and past president of the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I pride myself on providing nutrition information that is evidence-based and supported by the recently updated 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It is challenging to make healthy food choices for yourself and your family. Here’s one easy suggestion that can help both your health and your wallet: Avoid empty calories in favor of nutrient-rich foods, like milk.

A household staple for many families, milk is not only a great source of calcium, it’s also rich in protein and vitamin D (it’s no secret sunshine, a source of Vitamin D, is in short supply in Buffalo). That’s a lot of nutrition packed into one glass, and even more impressive when you consider it comes at an average cost of 25 cents per 8 ounce cup. Now compare that to a liter of diet soda, which may cost less than a gallon of milk, but contains no nutrition – and in fact, has elements that might harm your health.

So when you are making your shopping list, do the math and remember to include foods that will add the most to your bottom line of overall health and well-being. Compare food costs and health benefits and make sure to select nutrient-rich foods.

Kathy Border

South Wales