How to Read Nutritional Labels

How to Read Nutritional Labels

When trying to choose which foods are the best to buy, it is important to look for labels and read the nutritional contents so that you will not whether you are eating the right food or not.  The Nutrition Facts label is usually written in a box-shaped panel as required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  This label is usually found in packaged food and beverages products.  With this nutrition label, you can choose proper and healthy foods.  The required information like the vitamins and minerals and how much fat present is standard and the equivalent of these nutrients will depend on the food products. It is very important to read and understand this nutrition label for you to help you decide whether the food that you are buying fits your diet or your health condition.  Here are the guides to help you on how to read nutritional labels:

Serving Size.  Usually found at the top of the box.  They are listed in standard measurement such as cups or pieces.  This is important because here you will know how much serving that the pack contains like the calories per serving.          

Amount Per Serving. Lists how many calories are used per serving.         

Percent of Daily Value.  This is calculated and classified for the following:  moderately or highly active man or woman and growing teens.

Nutrients.  These are the amounts of total fat, saturated and trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, sugar, protein, vitamin A and C, calcium and iron.

Footnotes.  This information says about the nutritional value that will vary by a person’s needs of a particular calorie.



 

 

Reference:  http://www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-diet/healthy-eating/read-nutrition-facts-labels-10000001110931/index.html