Many of us look at the nutrition facts on food labels to check the calories only, but have you ever thought about what does the rest of what’s written there actually means ? . Well it’s about time to find out what these info actually means . Starting from the top, here’s what’s written on every nutrition fact on food labels .
1- The Serving Size.
The serving size is always mentioned there at the top of the label. This will tell you the size of a single serving and the total number of servings per container (package).
2 - The calories per serving.
In this one, you’ll know the calories per serving and how many servings you’re really consuming if you eat the whole package.
In the remaining sections of the label you will find the information about how much nutrients are in this product. To be able to get the best of this, here’s the nutrients that you need to limit and the ones that you need to get more of :
3 - Limit these nutrients.
According the AHA (American Heart Association) , you should limit your intake of fat, trans fat, cholesterol, or sodium. As taking too much of these may increase your risk of chronic diseases, like heart disease, some cancers, or high blood pressure.
4 - Get enough of these nutrients.
On the other side, you should make sure to get enough of beneficial nutrients such as: dietary fiber, protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins. Eating enough of these nutrients can improve your health and help reduce the risk of some diseases and conditions.
5 - Quick guide to % Daily Value.
Finally on the label, you’ll find a guide to the % Daily Value (DV). This tells you the percentage of each nutrient in a single serving, in terms of the daily recommended amount.
Last but not least, next time you buy a food, check out the label and actually understand it this time .