By Diana Breault
DHAC Weight Loss Motivator
To your right, you can see a Nutrition Facts label from a bag of potato chips. What is the first thing you notice about this label? Do you ever read these labels while shopping at the grocery store or as you dig your spoon into your soggy oats?
Food manufacturers put these labels on your food for a reason: To inform you about what you are really eating before you actually do.
So maybe you’re thinking, why should I waste my time reading a nutrition facts label if I’m not on a diet and I have no food allergies? There’s more to it than just listing nutrients and showing you a bunch of numbers. There are a few things you should pay attention to.
Serving size. All the facts on that label are based according to the product’s serving size. All the information you read after this solely based on this specific amount of food.
Calories. The amount of energy you will receive when you consume this product. The calories from fat will help you determine if this food is high in fat.
List of nutrients. This includes what nutrients are found in this food. Total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium are nutrients that you should try to limit in a healthful diet.
% Daily Value. Keep in mind that this value is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. You can use this percentage to determine whether a food is high or low in a specific nutrient (FYI: foods that contain less than 5% DV are considered to be low in the nutrient while foods that contain more than 20% DV are considered to be high in that nutrient.
Ingredients. Important to read for anybody who has food allergies or is interested if that whole grain bread is truly made from whole grain wheat.
What are the labels in your cabinet telling you?