Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Nutrition Label, What's That?

It is important to be able to know how to read a nutrition label. Most of us just check the calorie content and we're done. But there should be a little more reading happening...

When checking the calorie content, make sure you take into account the serving size. This one only has two servings but sometimes it can be a lot higher, and your calories will add up quickly.

Next we look at the fat, of course the lower the better, and staying away from trans fats is a good idea. Should be at a maximum of 65 grams per day.

Cholesterol is another lower is better and should not exceed 300 mg per day.

Sodium is not something you want too much of, the max is 2400 mg per day.

Carbohydrates, unless you are diabetic, this is not as important to look at
Dietary Fiber, more is better, should try for at least 25 grams per day.
Sugars, less is better.

Protein is generally desirable, most people need only about 54 grams per day.

So next time you look at a label take everything into consideration when deciding whether or not its healthy =)

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