Nutrition Labels.. Can you read them?

You know that daunting box on the side of your food container with a ton of random numbers in it that you pretend isn’t there? Turns out that box actually has some SUPER important information in it; but do you know how to read it!? If not here is a simplified way to know what you’re looking at. 

First, let me start off with a couple general statements..

#1 The fewer ingredients listed the better!

#2 The closer the ingredient is to the beginning of the list the more of it there is in the product.

#3 Labels can be confusing! If you are debating between two products pick the one with the least amount of ingredients.

 

Here is the breakdown for a label on greek yogurt

ALL food labels must list Vitamins A & C, Calcium, and Iron. Certain labels may indicate more depending on what the product is. REMEMBER labels are based on a 2,000 calorie diet so the percentages next to the nutrient are for daily needs met per 1 serving (based on that diet). Your needs should be based specifically on you and your age, gender, height, weight, and activity levels.

 

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