Go, Slow, Whoa

Original Image by Bruce Guenter via Flickr
Original Image by Bruce Guenter via Flickr

By: Nikki Nies

This kid friendly, parent approved system created by NIH, provides has proven to help many choose healthier options.  By eliminating the concept of “bad” foods and using a traffic light’s colors as indicators of the nutrient content of foods, encourages people to opt for “GO” foods.


  • Go: Eat anytime (i.e. almost all vegetables that are canned, frozen or fresh without added fat or sugar)
  • Slow: Limit consumption to sometimes (i.e. 100% fruit juice; fruits canned  in light syrup; dried fruits)
  • Whoa: Limit to special occasions or infrequently (i.e. Croissants; muffins; doughnuts; sweet rolls; crackers made with trans fats; sweetened breakfast cereals)

Foods that are listed in the “GO” category are nutrient dense while “WHOA” foods are the least nutrient dense.  Print out a copy of the recommendations

at  http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/downloads/go-slow-whoa.pdf

and keep it handy!




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