Most of us have learned to glance at the Nutrition Facts label on food we purchase. Do you know what it means?
Here’s a link to an interactive label to help you understand what it’s telling you.
Here’s another link to a broadened explanation of how this affects your nutrition. You have to click links to go step by step on this one.
One important thing to try to remember is the serving size vs. the content of fat and sugar. If your serving size is 13 grams, and that contains 5g of fat and 7g of sugar, think about how many grams of anything else you’re really getting…
Also remember if you’re dieting, the %DV is even higher for you than the label. (Calculated on 2000 cal/day).
Here’s a good example of all the other information the package of food may give you and how to process it.
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As a rule of thumb I use 25% DV (although we call it RDA here, Recommended Daily Allowance) as representative of “high” and anything below 10% as “low” but it’s roughly the same. Everything in moderation.
I definitely make sure I check serving sizes though. That’s an easy way to slip up when comparing between two different products that use a different definition of “serving”, although over here we get a “per 100g” figure which is fairly universal.
Another thing people should do is think about when they’re eating certain foods. For example I try and avoid heavy carb foods for dinner, but am more than willing to have a high carb lunch (as I hit the gym immediately after lunch).
Oh, and since we’re on the topic of food and health, the key I’ve found to losing weight is to eat little and often. Aim for 6 smaller meals a day rather than 3 normal sized ones and your metabolism will speed up, which will burn more calories.
Great advice. Snacking/smaller meals is definitely an important factor. I read last night that we are supposed to have 4 1/2 cups of fruits and 5 1/2 cups of veggies a day. I’ve got to go work on that one now.
Ten cups of produce a day would turn me into a wind farm. Good luck with that!
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