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The Meaning Behind "Everything in Moderation"

May 19, 2016

The BIG idea...

So you've heard it all; the fads, the go-to quick food tips, and "whatever-free" diets that all seem to change continuously based on research and new scientific findings. Today, I am going to tell you about the term "Everything in Moderation" which is becoming the most accurate & forever-relevant rule when it comes to healthy eating habits.

What does it MEAN...

Short and simple, it means that YES you can have that rice krispie treat today, just don't have it again tomorrow. Tomorrow, if you're craving something sweet, have a healthier treat such as a dark chocolate bar. And before you have either of these sweet treats, ask yourself if you've had at least as many servings of vegetables today. That's it, that's what Everything in Moderation means, and that's how it should be applied to your eating habits.

What to WATCH for...

Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, past spokesperson of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Look for hidden sugar, sodium, and fat. According to Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, past spokesperson of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND): "Eating processed food in moderation is fine, but consumers should be on the lookout for hidden sugar, sodium and fat content." See what the AND has to say about hidden Sugar, Sodium, and Fat:

Sugar: "We have tons of added sugars in our food supply," says Giancoli. "We think that just because a product says 'organic' or 'natural,' that means it's better and healthier for us, but that's not always the case."

Sodium: "...a heavy hand with table salt may not be to blame for our overconsumption of sodium. Three quarters of our sodium intake comes from processed foods," says Giancoli. "Only 20 or 25 percent of it comes from salting our food. The salt shaker is not the major problem."

Fat: According to the FDA, a product can still claim it has zero trans fats if each serving has less than half a gram of the fat. "If [a product] has a really small serving size and you're eating three or four servings, [trans fats] add up," says Giancoli. "Even if a product says it has zero trans fat, check the ingredients list. If it contains partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, then it's going to have to have some amount of trans fat in it."

So yes, 'Everything in Moderation' is the best way to eat, and you can be assured that this slogan will be relevant for the rest of your life!


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