By Maj. Karen Fauber, DeCA Dietitian
FORT LEE, Va. (Defense Commissary Agency) -- While
shopping in the commissary I
saw the most wonderful sight for a dietitian: Everywhere I looked
people were reading labels on packages.
Capt. Beth Deschamps, a Fort
Riley, Kan., dietitian, guides Soldiers through reading food
labels at the Fort McCoy Commissary. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
I would like to
think that they were all trying to make the healthiest choices
possible as they took advantage of their commissary benefit.
This was wonderful to see, because as the Defense Commissary
Agency (DeCA) dietitian it's my mission to help our customers make
informed decisions about their health.
According to the 2007 Food & Health Survey, as many as 66
percent of food shoppers are trying to make healthy choices for
themselves and their families.
So it makes sense that more people are reading labels on
packages to choose foods that meet their health and dietary needs.
However, today it can be a little challenging for shoppers to make
those decisions with all the information that is on the labels.
To help make your shopping easier, try using the "5-20
guide" as a quick tip to label reading. For any nutrient on the
food label (usually found on the side or back of the product) consider
the following amounts:
5 percent or less is low: For nutrients
you need to limit like fat, saturated fat and sodium, choose foods
with 5 percent or less daily value.
20 percent or more is high: For nutrients
you need more of, such as fiber, calcium and iron, choose foods
with 20 percent or more daily value.
The DeCA, the National Guard Bureau Decade of Health Program
and the American Heart Association are working together to help you
make your shopping for healthy choices a little bit easier.
Shoppers can create and print their own shopping list found at http://www.heartcheckmark.org/.
Look for more tips on how to make informed choices throughout
the month in appreciation for all you do in service to our nation.
See you in the commissary!
For more information about healthy food choices and other
nutrition topics, go to http://www.commissaries.com
and post your questions on the DeCA Dietitian Forum.
Be sure to look for other useful information in the Dietitian's
For more information in the Fort McCoy community, visit the
Commissary, building 1537, or call the Commissary at (608) 388-3542.