Health claims on food packages can be confusing, and it’s sometimes hard to reconcile the information of the front of the package with what’s on the nutrition facts panel on the back of the package.
Have you ever gotten confused by the information on the food labels on the food you buy to eat? Especially when you are trying to cut calories, fat, and carbohydrates.
Do you read the labels on the food you buy? If you don’t, it is time to educate yourself and start reading the labels of foods you buy for yourself and your family. What are those food labels really saying? A food label is like a recipe – It tells you what’s in the food you eat. Don’t you want to know what you’re putting into your body? In order to plan a healthy diet, you must know how to read a food label.
This article will help you make quick, informed choices that that can help contribute to healthy eating through more informed label reading.
When trying to figure out what the food you are thinking of buying actually contains, ignore the front of the package hype! It is just that – marketing hype. Manufacturers can’t actually lie on labeling, but they can stretch the true when trying to get your attention to buy their product.
Every packaged food must include a list of ingredients. The ingredient in largest quantity is listed first, while the one in smallest quantity is listed last.
Recommended serving size/Calories per serving. The first items, at the top of the label, you’ll notice are Serving Size and Servings Per Container. Serving Size is a standard measure of food. Servings Per Container represents the number of servings found in the food package. Serving size can be expressed in kitchen terms – cups, spoons, slices, ounces, and also in grams. Serving size tells how much food makes up a single serving. All data on the label is based on the serving size stated.
Amount Per Serving – Shows the number of calories found in a single food serving. Multiply this number by the serving size and it should equal, or come close to, the total volume of the package. Read more here.