Thursday, July 12, 2012

Always read the label!

A couple days ago, it was super hot (yes, Calgary does get heat waves!), so we went to the splash park with friends.
gratuitous cute baby at the water park shot
Super fun for Mia, I was chasing her all over as she ran from one water feature to the next.

On the way, I stopped to pick up a drink and a sun hat for her. The store had two options for drinks in the coolers: pop, or Vitamin Water. I chose Vitamin Water as I don't care for pop, and it seemed a healthier option. I picked the tropical citrus one, thinking of refreshment and not really noticing the name of that flavour: Energy.

On the way home, chugging back the last of my drink, I noticed on the label:

Not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers

Ughhhh! I'm still nursing Mia a LOT - like probably 15+ times a day she has milk still (and yes, she's 17 months old and no, I have no plans to wean her). I guess it was because this product contains caffeine. I hadn't even noticed. I know that a little caffeine is not going to be a big problem, but I'm not cool with drinking it unaware. And there is the lesson: Always read the label.

The lesson that I didn't actually learn, apparently.

 I just popped open a bag of sea salt and lime Crispy Minis rice cakes as a somewhat healthy snack. They were on sale this week - we don't normally buy them, but the sale price tempted me. After chomping down about 3/4 of the bag, I check out the nutritional facts. 12 of these tiny tasty treats equals 90 calories. A bag is 100 grams. So I just popped about 340 calories of this non-food. They're not particularly filling, and have little to no nutritional value. That was dumb!

This isn't a dramatic story or anything, but more of a reminder to pay attention to what you're eating. Hopefully I will do a little better from now on with reading labels!

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I remember buying Shoppers DrugMart own brand vitamin water when I was pregnant with Harlow but read on the ingredients that it contained Stevia which has not been proved safe in pregnancy. So I stuck to water..... YES always read labels....


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