Confused by Nutrition Labels?

Are you looking at the nutrition label on foods for calories? fat? sodium? all of the above?  Are you unsure what you need/should know to decipher all that information?

I had planned to help decode the mystery this week to eliminate the confusion that some people feel when viewing food labels.  After gathering a great deal of information, I came across an article from a wonderful site called Eat Right Ontario that I often recommend to my clients.  They already published an easy to read and understand article on Nutrition Labels that covered it all so I am going to defer to their expertise:

http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Nutrition-Labelling/Decoding-the-Nutrition-Label.aspx

Take away 3 important points:

  • Watch portion sizes, especially with foods like cereal where the label provides information often for less then 1 cup and people typically have twice the amount at breakfast
  • Be aware the label you are reading recommends nutrient percentages based on a 2000 calorie diet so consider adjusting portions based on your recommended caloric intake
  • 5% is a little and 15% is a lot so be mindful of the percentage of fats, sodium and sugars in your food choices

Remember, you only have one life to live, make it SO Full of LIFE!

Posted on: August 10th, 2012 by Sandra O'Hagan No Comments

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