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Read Food Labels Carefully

by The Food Folks on August 23, 2021
Food label

It is not difficult to decipher food labels. It's a lot easier, but the amount of literature printed on product packages can be overwhelming. It's difficult to understand what the food labels mean when everyone is pressed for time and you have a long list of groceries to buy. So, how do you go about it? 

 

Choosing Wisely

Food labels provide all of the necessary information about a product's ingredients. You can make informed product choices and keep track of the number of ingredients that should be consumed in moderation, such as fats, sugars, preservatives, sodium, artificial colours, and so on. 

 

Calories

Every product's label specifies the number of energy levels, which are commonly referred to as calories. All foods labelled as "light" do not have to be low in calories; they can also be low in salt, sugar, or flavour. So take your time and read carefully. Fat (saturated fat, trans fats, cholesterol), carbohydrate (sugars and dietary fibres), protein, and salt are also listed on the packages.

 

Nutritional Value

All nutrition information is given per 100 grammes or per serving of food. It's critical to understand nutritional values based on serving size.

 

Labels assist you in making informed choices when shopping for healthy foods. It can assist customers in making informed purchasing decisions. So, here are some pointers to assist you in making food choices.

 

1. Allergies

Products also list ingredients such as wheat gluten, artificial colours, and preservatives, which may cause allergic reactions in some people. You can also avoid dairy products, animal fats, and certain ingredients on purpose. Other foods, such as peanuts, sesame, and soybeans, as well as their products, may cause allergies in some people when present in food. 

 

2. Calorie Intake

Depending on their metabolism, each person requires a different number of calories per day. A calorie count is a representation of the nutrients in a single serving of food. It is crucial for health-conscious individuals to understand that calorie counts are usually expressed in terms of 100 grammes. As a result, if you eat more than 100 grammes of a product, you will consume more calories than indicated. 

 

3. Serving Size

This is the most difficult part. It explains the size of a single serving that is considered normal, as well as the number of servings per packet. If the average serving size is 50 grammes and the serving size per packet is 100 grammes, then You could eat twice as much in terms of nutrients, fats, and calories.

 

4. Nutrients

Nutrients, like calories, are measured in grammes per 100 grammes. Trans and total fats, cholesterol, sodium, salts, calcium, proteins, carbohydrates, and potassium are all nutrients. The chart can help you decide whether you should buy the product or not for health reasons. Patients with heart disease should avoid foods that are high in cholesterol and fat. Calcium-rich foods can help people with osteoporosis and the elderly. Dietary functions may be aided by products with high fibre content. 

 

5. Expiration Date

Every product has a shelf life. The shelf life of many dairy, baked, and meat products is limited. So look at the package for the manufacturing and expiration dates.

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