Sinclair Cares: What's in your fridge?

Are you making smart food choices for your family? (SBG)

March is National Nutrition Month, and Sinclair Broadcast Group wants to keep you informed about important health and safety matters.

Are you making smart food choices for your family?

Emily Schwab is a single mother of two.

Schwab said she believes she's doing a pretty decent job providing healthful meals and snacks for her young children, Gracie and Ronnie.

"On Sundays, I try to do things in advance, plan meals for the week. And when I grocery shop I know I have three meals I can make for my kids, and then a night of leftovers, and then I slide that frozen pizza in there because they do enjoy it," Schwab said.

Registered dietitian Julianne Koritz checked Schwab's refrigerator, freezer and pantry to see how she's doing.

"A lot of people think egg whites are better than whole eggs," Koritz said.

Not bad, but Koritz said eat the yolks. They're good for your brain and hair.

Always read the list of ingredients. If it's more than three, it's probably not good for you.

High fructose corn syrup, corn starch, dextrose, MSG are all bad, she said. But Kortiz said the worst thing for children are food dyes.

"Those have been proven for decades to be damaging to the brain and causing hyperactivity in children and changing the way the brain chemistry works," Koritz said.

In 2011, the FDA acknowledged the growing body of evidence linking artificial food colors with adverse behavior in children.

Even though it may be convenient, Koritz said prepackaged, processed food is almost never good.

"Some of the processed foods say they're good for you and most processed foods are not," Koritz said.

Koritz suggested you make your own mini-pizzas using shredded cheese and tomato sauce on an English muffin. And, she said, make your own salad dressing with oil and vinegar.

"I think what's going to happen is, I'm going to start to pre-plan it in advance more, and cook a little more fresh than using the standard frozen stuff that's go and grab," Schwab said.

To be a healthy person, you’ve got to eat healthy foods. These tips from the USDA Dietary Guidelines will help you make simple changes in your diet to lead a healthier life.

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