If you dream about having the body you always wanted, you need to eat the right foods and do the right workout. I focus on those things and more at JARFit in Denver, CO. One important part of eating healthy is to form healthy habits and learn to choose food more wisely. If you focus only on fresh fruits and vegetables and organic animal products it’s easier to do, but sometimes, you want to add variety or keep costs lower, so frozen and canned goods fill in the gap. To find the best food for you, you need to learn to read nutrition labels and understand what they mean.
Eating healthier is easier once you understand the labels.
Whether you’re munching on junk food or eating a bowl of vegetables, the labels on that food tell a lot. The labels reveal the basic information about the food, including the amount of added sugar it contains. If you want healthy peanut butter, for instance, check the ingredients on the label first. Healthy peanut butter contains just one ingredient, peanuts. Labels also tell about serving size and the number of calories. If your junk food of choice is potato chips, you might glance at the calories it contains per serving. 160 calories doesn’t seem like a lot, until you realize that means eating just 15 chips.
Are you eating empty calories or food with good nutritional content.
Labels also tell you about the macronutrients and micronutrients, including the amount of dietary fiber. In order to lose weight, eating more fiber is important. Not only does it keep you regular, it provides food for your beneficial microbes. Not only does the label show total grams of fat, it also breaks it down to trans fat and saturated fat grams, so you can figure out how much healthy fat it contains by subtracting it from total fat.
You’ll learn the amount of total carbohydrates it contains.
As mentioned before, the label includes the amount of dietary fiber, plus the amount of sugars in the product and how much of that sugar is added sugar. If you see added sugar on any product, avoid buying it and find another option. Cholesterol and sodium content are also on the label and very important for people with dietary restrictions. One large section beneath the macronutrient squares is the actual micronutrients and their percentage of the DV based on a 2000 calorie diet.
- Manufacturers are required to show both the percentage of daily value and the amount of vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium are required on the food labels. They can also continue to list the vitamin A and C content of they choose.
- Food labels are important for anyone that has food allergies. It’s also important for anyone that doesn’t want additives in their food. Always choose with the least number of ingredients and no ingredients that sound like they came from a chem lab.
- If water is listed first on the list of ingredients when you’re buying fruit or vegetables and not the fruit or vegetable, you’re getting less nutrition for your dollar.
- Some products are packaged larger than one serving, but small enough you could eat it in one. Manufacturers are now required to show both the information for one serving and the information per package in dual columns.
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