Jill Knapp’s Fit Tip Tuesday 2013 ~ Reading Labels

March is national nutrition month. here are some ideas that can help you and your family be more aware about what you eat.

Reading labels can help you make good food choices. Most foods foods in the grocery store list nutrition information on the package in a section called the Nutrition Facts.

  • The Nutrition Facts tell you the serving size and the amount of various nutrients such as total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, and fiber per serving.
  • Nutrient content claims such as “low fat” provide a reliable description of the product.
  • Foods that are exempt from the label include foods in very small packages, foods prepared in the store, and foods made by small manufacturers.

The Nutrition Facts

Here’s an example of a Nutrition Facts section. At the top, you’ll see the serving size and the number of servings per container. The information on the label is for the serving listed.
The serving on the food label may not be the same as the serving size in your food plan or the serving you normally eat.
If you eat twice the serving listed on the label, you would need to double all the numbers in the Nutrition Facts section.
For example, if you usually eat 2 cups of chili with beans, you’ll need to double all of the numbers in this Nutrition Facts section.
Nutrient Content Claims & Percent (%) Daily Value Ever wonder what the difference is between fat free, saturated fat free, low fat, reduced and less fat? What to learn what the Percent (%) Daily Value is? Check out this section.
Extra Tips for People with Diabetes Learn additional tips on reading food labels.

Take a good look at what you and your family eat and pay close attention to the LABELS!!

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