Get used to checking the “Nutrition Facts” portion of the food labels when you are in the supermarket. Sodium is thought to raise blood pressure. Sugar can increase blood pressure as well as contribute to obesity and Type II Diabetes. Fat, especially saturated fat, is another ingredient to keep a handle on. And, overall calories as well.
I have been amazed at the Nutrition Facts labels when I am in the market. And, surely do not trust the titles on the can, box or jar. A recent study by Credit Suisse, a financial services giant, based in Zurich, recently published the results of a health study; however, some of the articles on the Internet, at least to me, have much more impact. That is because, although they focus on sugar-added, they compare various foods that are commonly regarded as healthy, and good for dieters, in terms of Krispy Kremes.
An article, by Dana Liebelson, in Mother Jones, is linked as follows: http://www.motherjones.com/print/234166. Think about these healthy choices:
A 6” Subway Sweet Onion Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich = 1.7 Krispy Kremes.
How about a cold 8 oz. glass of Tropicana Orange Juice = 2.2 K-K Donuts.
8 oz.Yoplait Original Yogurt = 2.7 Donuts.
How about a 20 oz. Vitamin Water = Try 3.3 K-K’s.
The article has more examples; but, I think you get the idea. There are numerous articles on the Internet, and there are web sites where you can learn what the truly healthy alternatives are. Having some sugar or sodium is alright; however, by knowing what you are eating, you will be in a better position to avoid overdoing it. Also, many brands lists the Nutrition Facts on their web sites; however, in some cases, you have to search around for it.