Recently, the FDA announced plans to change regulations for food labeling on packaged foods. One of the most important changes will be the requirement for all packaged foods to indicate how much added sugar are contained in their products. This change has garnered a lot of media attention, and deservedly so. Coincident with the announcement to enforce labeling for added sugar was a quieter paradigm shift that deemphasizes the importance of tracking total fat intake.
While continuing to require “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat” on the label, “Calories from Fat” is being removed because research shows the type of fat is more important than the amount. When it comes to fat, I try to purposely give my kids fish oils from seafood, nuts, and seeds. I also look for recipes where saturated fats from animals are replaced with unsaturated fats from plants.
For this fourth of July, try grilling up these chicken avocado burgers. Using a leaner meat like chicken can help minimize saturated fats from meats. Stuffing the burgers with chunks of avocado not only adds healthier plant based fats, but also keeps these burgers tender and juicy. Place your avocado burgers in between two slabs of cloud bread and enjoy! Happy fourth of July!