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How to read a nutritional label

Still, it's important to know what you put into your body (and how much). So strap on! We drive to Labeltown (it's like Funkytown, just more educational).


    1. Serving Size – The first thing you want to look at is the portion size. and how many servings are in the container. I used to think the serving size for Oreos was "a pack". It turned out that these are two cookies. You clearly see my discrepancy.
    2. Calorie – Are you trying to watch your weight? Watch your calories! Essentially, this part of the label tells you how much energy you're absorbing. It also tells you how much energy comes from fat.
    3. The Nutrients ̵
      1; This part of the label points out macronutrients (fat and protein), vitamins, minerals and fiber. On the left side of the column is the nutrient (eg iron, total fat, fiber) and on the right side of the column is the percentage of the recommended daily value (% DV) for that nutrient.

Too much

In general, most Americans consume too much of the following nutrients:

    • Total fat
    • Saturated fat
    • Cholesterol
    • Sodium
    • Protein

Not enough

We want to work to get more of this :

    • fiber
    • monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids
    • iron
    • vitamins A and C

One thing you should keep in mind If you're talking about percentages for the daily value, those percentages are based on a 2000 calorie diet. So if you have a daily budget of 1,500 calories, the percentages are higher for you.

So you have it! The nutritional mark, decrypted. Now if anyone can tell me why popcorn without popcorn is on a nutritional label … that would solve one of life's riddles to me.

Which nutrient does it confuse you?

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