Scientific evidence links poor eating habits with increased risk of certain diseases and conditions. The better you eat, the lower your chance of developing a disease or disability, and the less you age your mind and body. That’s why Cleveland Clinic medical experts want you to use the Go!Well label to make the healthiest food selections. Our nutrition experts certify that all food and beverages carrying the Go!Well label will meet these nutritional guidelines per serving:
Limited Sugars and Syrups:
Below 4 grams of added sugar or syrup in main dishes, desserts, soups.
Why? Sugar is a stripped carbohydrate, easily absorbed and devoid of nutrients. It spikes your blood sugars, wastes insulin, and keeps you hungry. It increases your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglycerides (a type of cholesterol), skin wrinkles, impotence, stroke and heart attacks. Stick with nature’s most colorful dessert: fruits.
100% Whole Grains Only:
Why? Whole grains are a vital, high-fiber source of calories, nutrients and nourishing fats. High-fiber foods reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and selected cancers. They protect normal blood sugar and insulin function, and keep you feeling full longer. Your body knows when it’s being nourished with real food!
High-fiber foods, including fruits and vegetables, help keep bowel function regular. Women need 25 grams and men 35 grams daily of fiber. It’s impossible to get this from breads, pasta and rice made of white flour, white rice, corn starch or other carbohydrate sources from which the fiber has been stripped. Did you make papier mache in grade school? And do you remember the recipe? White flour and water. Enough said!
Limited Saturated Fat:
Below 4 grams in main dishes, soups, desserts.
Why? Saturated fats are associated with inflammation, hardening of arteries, and increased levels of LDL (lousy) cholesterol. They increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and selected cancers. Foods high in saturated fat include ice cream, beef, pork, egg yolks, coconut and palm oils.
No Manufactured Trans Fat:
Why? Trans fat has no redeeming qualities! It raises LDL (lousy) cholesterol, lowers HDL (healthy) cholesterol, and causes insulin resistance, all of which increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Most trans fat is consumed in the form of partially hydrogenated seed oils. Luckily, the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has banned trans fats in processed foods. This will take a few years, but there’s no need to wait -- stop eating trans fat now! You should know that any product” containing less than 1/2 gram per serving of trans fat is allowed to claim that it is “trans-fat free.” Skip it! There is no safe amount of trans fat.
Below 800 mg in main dishes, sides, soups, salads.
Why? High sodium intake in salt-sensitive individuals is associated with high blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease, worsening heart failure and other conditions.