Beginners Guide On Reading Nutritional Labels

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According to the third National Health And Nutritional Examination Survey, which studied the eating habit of 15,000 American adults, one third of the average diet in this country is made up of unhealthy foods, including potato chips, crackers, salted snack foods, candy, gum, fried fast food, and soft drinks. These items offer little in terms of protein, vitamins, or minerals What they do have is lots of “empty calories” in the form of sugar and fat.  For those looking to live a healthier lifestyle, you will need to educate yourselves to choose wisely. . 

The 4 ways to read the labels: 

1. Top 3 Ingredients: If sugar, fat, or salt is one of the first three ingredients listed, means your taste buds are being hijacked and your health is going to pay the price.

2. Hidden Words. Be aware that certain words appearing on the label, such as sucrose, glucose, maltose, lactose, fructose, corn syrup, white grape concentrate, or evaporated cane juice, mean that sugar has been added

3. Partially hydrogenated oil = Trans fats. The FDA allows manufacturers to say that their product contains zero trans fats in the nutrition information, if that amount of trans fat is less than 0.5 grams.

4. Find Fiber. If a snack doesn’t provide at least 2 grams of fiber, it’s not a good choice.