When you’re making healthy choices, one of the most important things you can do is pick healthier foods. And this doesn’t mean picking up all the low-calorie, weight loss-friendly foods at the grocery store. After all, do you know how many grams of sugar may be hiding in a low-fat food? Or how much a single serving of your favorite meal is eating into the recommended daily value of carbs?
It may seem like a mystery, but there’s a way to make healthier choices without hassle—read the nutrition facts label! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates food labeling to protect consumers from inaccurate or deceptive information. All food labels must comply with FDA regulations, which means they must provide accurate information about the nutritional content of the food. It includes both mandatory and voluntary labeling.
So what do you need to know about nutrition labels? When you're looking to buy a specific food product, the nutrition facts label can help you make informed choices about the foods you eat. Knowing what’s in every ingredient in your food can help you avoid unhealthy unsaturated fats, limit refined carbohydrates and make the right choices for your needs. But there’s a lot of information on food labels these days, and it can be hard to know what to make of it all.
You don’t have to know everything about every ingredient, but it can help to know what to look for. Don't worry—we're here to help! A few members of the Nutrition Team here at NutriSense put some tips together on what to look for on nutrition labels to make the best choices for your health.
Total calories, dietary fiber, sucrose, dextrose, total fat... even if you’re used to counting calories, reading nutrition labels can be a chore.
No matter how well versed you are with everything from perfect daily values to serving sizes, understanding every detail on every label can be challenging. But you don’t always need to know it all to make healthy choices. Here’s a cheat sheet for how to choose your food the next time you’re at the grocery store:
"You are what you eat." This simple phrase is often used to encourage people to make healthier choices regarding their diets. We all know that we should be reading nutrition facts labels, but many don't understand why.
Sure, it’s a good idea to watch your total calorie intake and make sure it suits your dietary needs, but there’s more to it. Nutrition labels provide valuable information about the food we're eating, including the number of calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, essential vitamins like vitamin D and minerals like potassium and magnesium it contains. By taking the time to read nutrition labels, you can begin to make healthier choices about the foods you eat, which will lead to better overall health.
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