Reading food labels

Serving Size: The starting point.

Check it, as all other info relates to this quantity.

Calories: A glimpse of energy. Know how much you’re taking in.

Nutrients: Key players:

Fat: Some are healthy (unsaturated), some less so (saturated/trans).

Carbohydrates: Complex (good) and simple (not-so-good) sugars.

Proteins: Building blocks for the body.

Fiber: Good for digestion and fullness.

Vitamins and Minerals: Boost overall health.

% Daily Value: A guide for nutrients, based on a 2000-calorie diet.

Aim for 100% or more of important nutrients, and keep fat, sodium, and cholesterol below 100%.

Ingredients: Listed by weight.

Watch for hidden sugars and additives.

Nutrition Claims: Phrases like “low fat” or “high in fiber.”

Verify if it matches your health goals.

Remember, food labels are your allies in making informed choices.

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