How to Read Nutrition Labels |


However, it is important to be aware of what you put into your body (and how much). So shut up! We're going to drive to Labeltown (it's just like Funkytown, just more educational).

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    1. Serving The first thing you want to look at is the portion size and how many portions the container has. I once thought the serving size of Oreos was "one pack." It turned out to be two cookies. Clearly you see my divergence.
    2. Calorie content – Are you trying to track your weight? Watch your calories! Basically, this part of the label tells you how much energy you take in. It also tells you how much of that energy comes from fat.
    3. Nutrients – This part of the label refers to macronutrients (fat and protein), vitamins, minerals and fiber. The left side of the column lists the nutrients (eg iron, total fat, fiber) and the right side of the columns shows the recommended daily percentage (% DV) of this nutrient.

Too much

In general, most Americans consume too much of the following nutrients:

    • All the fat
    • Saturated fat
    • Cholesterol
    • Sodium
    • Lightning

Not enough

We want to make more of this these:

    • Fibers
    • Mono- and polyunsaturated fat
    • Iron
    • Vitamins A and C

When talking about daily percentage values, keep in mind that these percentages are based on a 2000 calorie diet. So, if your daily budget is 1500, the percentage is higher for you.

So you have it! Nutrition label, decoded. If anyone can tell me why pop-up popcorn is on the nutrition label … it would solve a mystery of life for me.

Which nutrient disturbs your mind?

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