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8 Lazy Habits That Make You Gain
You gloss over nutrition facts.
Do you know what’s lurking in your food? According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, it’s likely you’re turning a blind eye to the Nutrition Facts label. The study found that consumers view items listed at the top of the label more often than those at the bottom, which is where the ingredients are likely listed. Further data even suggests that the average consumer reads only the top five lines. What’s more, of the participants who reported that they always read the calorie count (33%), only 9% actually did. (The study used a computer equipped with an eye-tracking device to identify what participants read.) Even more worrisome, only about 1% read other key label components including total fat, trans fat, sugar, and serving size. "Serving size is so important," says Wendy Bazilian, RD, CPT, and author of The Superfoods Rx Diet. "If you’re not aware of how much you should be eating, then most of the other details on the label have little meaning. And there’s a good chance you’re eating far too much." (Search: Tips for measuring perfect portions)