The food label is your guide to understanding the nutrient value along with other relevant information of the foods that you choose. Reading the food label can help you in:
- Identifying the nutrients present in the food, drink or dietary supplements
- Ascertaining the amount of sugar, trans fat and fiber content present in the item.
- Comparing different items and deciding the best choice.
- Taking note of ingredients that you should avoid.
Please follow these five easy steps to help you read nutrition information on the label:
- Serving Size: You should compare the recommended serving size with the amount that you eat. Servings may be indicated in terms of pieces, grams or cups.
- Watch the calories: Take care of a number of servings of carbs, fats, and proteins in the food.
- Percent (%) Daily Value: This suggests if the intake of specific nutrients is high or low in terms of recommended amounts to be consumed.
- Get enough of these: Sufficient quantities of vitamins, proteins and fiber and minerals are required in the daily diet.
- Limit these: Limit sugar, fat, trans fat and sodium consumption, as the excess of these, is not recommended.
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