Updated: Dec 16, 2020
Isn't it weird that people eat three meals and day, yet most of them don't even know how to read a nutrition facts label. In fact, the main reason why people do not know how healthy their food is due to the fact that people do not understand the nutrition facts label. Well lucky for you, here is how to read one:
1. Check the Serving Size
Most people look at the calories first but, how can you check determine the nutritional value of your food without knowing the serving size? The number of servings consumed effects how the rest of the food label is used.
2. Check the Calories
A calorie is a unit of heat energy, used to measure energy in food. In general, 40 calories is low, 100 calories is moderate, and 400 or more calories is high.
Even though you should still have certain amounts of fat (saturated and trans fat), cholesterol, sodium, and carbs, you should still limit consumption. In contrast, you should get enough of nutrients such as fiber, protein, and vitamins including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron. All of the nutrients have a daily value percentage based on recommendations for a 2,000 calorie diet. 5% or less is low and 20% or more is high.
The footnote is the box below the nutrients. It has a smaller font, and it shows your daily needs.