Yale Health

Food Smarts

Know your food

Today’s supermarkets are filled with unhealthy foods. Many of them look healthy, but really aren’t nutritious and have lots of calories, fat and sodium.

Packaged foods often contain lots of sugar, sodium and unhealthy types of fat.  Large amounts of sugar lead to weight gain.  Too much sodium can raise blood pressure. Trans fat and saturated fat, the types usually found in processed foods, clog arteries and lead to heart disease. Also, many foods that appear to be a single serving are actually two or more.

Picture your portions

One serving size of...

Is about the size of...

baked potato

a computer mouse

 peanut butter

 a ping-pong ball

 dry cereal

 a baseball

fish, meat or poultry

 

a deck of cards

 bread

 a compact disc

nuts

a golf ball

Super size

Food has gotten bigger, and that's not necessarily a good thing when it comes to diet and weight control.  Watch this video to see how portion sizes have increased.

What's in a label?

Food labels help you figure out whether or not packaged foods are healthy. Watch this video to learn your label lingo.

Slam dunk junk food

Healthy food fuels your body for school and sports.  Watch healthy foods take on junk food in a game of basketball.

Uncover healthy options

Search around the kitchen to find the healthy food options.

Learn how to read nutritional labels and make healthy food choices.

Build-a-meal

Check out the Hungry Hiker Build-A -Meal game to practice making a balanced meals.

Hit the ground running

Help fuel a runner for a track meet by choosing healthy foods.

Get smart

Got a smart phone? Download Fooducate eat a bit better ™.  It’s a free app that you can use to scan the barcode of a food product to get a nutritional letter grade. It will even suggest healthier options for you.