This is How You Should Read Nutrition Labels

Every time you pick up your favorite foods at the grocery store, you’re bound to notice the Nutrition Facts labels on those foods — but do you actually know how to read them in a way which can inform you to make better decisions for your health? Nutrition labels aren’t just there to be ignored — you really should know how to glean important information from them in order to improve your dietary and other lifestyle choices. Knowledge is power, and in this case, knowledge can greatly help benefit your health in many different ways. Know what you should be on the lookout for while at the grocery store, and you’ll be on the right track for better well-being. 

Look For: Fiber, Protein

These are some of the most important nutrients you can get from food, as they serve to keep you feeling full for a long period of time (among many other functions), which in turn makes you less likely to overeat unhealthy foods and snacks. The more grams of protein and fiber that you see, the more likely it is that the food will be good for your health.

Also Look for Grams of Sugar and Fat

You want to check in to see how many grams of sugar and saturated fat a food has, but for the opposite reason of the previous entry. You want to avoid excess amounts of sugar and fat, since they tend to be added in unnaturally and provide no nutritional content. In fact, these two substances are more likely to increase your chance of gaining weight, developing illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome, and can make your mood plummet to disastrous levels. Stay away from processed foods which contain high amounts of sugar and saturated fat.

As a quick side note, unsaturated fat is the healthy kind of fat which is found naturally in foods such as avocados and fish, so moderate amounts of those fats are all right to consume.

Check the Ingredients List

One major rule to live by when it comes to nutrition is to look at the list of ingredients, and if you see sugar or something artificial listed within the first three ingredients, you know to toss it aside. Look for whole foods and ingredients, and try to stay away from chemicals and artificially-processed additives and other chemicals.

Ultimately, your best bet is to consume more whole foods which have been minimally processed, if at all. Fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, and lean protein are all great choices to add to your diet as much as possible.

Woolworths Leafy Mix packet at $1.79 by Ben Tsai is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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