What is a nutrition label?
On the side of a box containing food (or something claiming to be food) you will see a Nutrition Facts box. This box contains information on the nutrients present as well as an ingredient list. Most nutrients are measured in grams and other information is given in percentages.
Foods contain fats, proteins, fibre, carbohydrates as well, some contain vitamins and minerals. The percentages are based on the RDA (which is still outdated and so the true RDA is much higher. Something I will address at a later date).
The information included on a nutrition fact label are designed for what adults allegedly need and not for children, so keep this in mind.
The ingredient list contains food in order of appearance, or rather in order of quantity. The higher is is on the list, the more of it is in it. Sugars can be named many different things. Anything ending in ‘ose’ is a sugar. Some foods will have more than one listing for a sugar. If sugar is mentioned in the first three ingredients limit that food or better yet, eliminate it entirely.
The nutrition label will always list a serving size as well as how many servings are in the package. If the label says 8 servings and you eat half the box…well, you just had 4 servings right there.
The number of calories are also listed and should be taken into consideration. It tells you how much energy is coming from the food and these calories come from fats, carbohydrates or proteins.
Other things listed include calcium, sodium, iron and different types of fats in it.
Any additives or preservatives will be listed in the ingredient list and may be unfamiliar to you. At a later date I will explain some of the more common additives.
Read your labels! It’s worth it to be more aware of what you are putting in your body.