Imagine eating a meal and having almost no idea of what’s in it.  That’s how things were before Nutrition Facts were labeled on food!

The Nutrition Facts Label is like your food’s DNA.  Start with the Serving Size on the top.  Many packages will have more than one serving, so if you eat two servings, you’ll need to double the rest of the numbers below.

Next drop down to the Calories.  As a general guide based on a two thousand calorie diet: 40 calories is low, 100 calories is moderate, and 400 calories is high.

Below are the Nutrients.  Some of these are good, and some… not so good.  You’ll want to limit saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium.  And make sure you’re getting enough of fiber, vitamins a and c, calcium, and iron.

If those percentages are making your head spin, use the 5-20 rule.  5 percent daily value or less is low.  20 percent daily value or more is high.

This information is so helpful, the FDA is currently working on a re-design of the Nutrition Facts label to help shoppers even more.  Put these tips on your shopping list to try on your next grocery trip!


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