There are different components involved with maintaining a healthy diet. One of those components is called nutrition labels. If a person decides to lose weight and maintain a healthy diet, then it would be important to understand nutrition labels that are found on various food and drink packages.
Here are 5 key areas to understanding nutrition labels:
1. Start with the serving information at the top of the label. This will tell you the size of a single serving and the total number of servings per container or package. Read this section very carefully so you can track your nutritional facts accurately.
2. Check total calories per serving. Pay attention to the calories per serving and how many servings you’re really consuming if you eat the whole package. If you double the servings you eat, you double the calories and nutrients.
3. Limit the amounts of saturated fat and sodium you eat and avoid trans fat. Choose foods with less of these nutrients when possible.
4. Make sure to get enough of nutrients, such as dietary fiber (25 to 30 grams), protein (46 to 56 grams), calcium (1,000 to 1,300 milligrams), and iron (18 milligrams) every day.
5. Pay close attention to the % Daily Value (DV) which tells you the percentage of each nutrient in a single serving, in terms of the daily recommended amount.
As you can see, learning how to read and understand nutrition labels, although complicated, can help you make healthier choices. Once you understand nutrition labels, then you can track your foods and drinks with confidence.