You never know everything that’s inside what you eat, so it’s a good idea to look at the nutrition facts on a product before you purchase it. It’s easy to pick food based on how good it looks, but it gets more difficult when you’re trying to find something that tastes good but is also good for you. Nutrition facts labels can be a downer when they reveal the truth, but you should read them to make sure you’re not eating too unhealthy. Nutrition facts labels can be especially important to read if you’re trying to cut certain substances out of your diet, like sodium or carbs.
It’s also important to read nutrition facts labels correctly. Nutrition facts labels list the nutrients of food according to one serving. Unfortunately, food almost always contains more than one serving, which makes sense for food in large quantities, but is kind of bizarre when it comes to snack packs or beverages. Who eats part of a snack bag or drinks only part of a bottle, saving the rest for later? Why don’t they just make one serving bags and bottles? If it’s because they would be too small, that’s probably a food or drink you want to stay away from. Nutrition facts labels also usually pertain to a 2000 calorie diet, so what the nutrition facts mean to you depends on how you eat or how you should eat. They will list the number of calories per serving, but if you eat the entire contents that consisted of 2 servings, you’re actually eating twice the calories listed. This goes for all of the nutrients in the food.
Nutrition facts labels are a good guide, but they’re not always completely factual. They’re more likely to represent an estimate or range of the food’s contents. Also, nutrition facts labels are now required to list the amount of trans fat in the contents, and now you’ll often see products proudly claiming “No Trans Fat!” In reality, products are allowed to list 0 g of trans fats on their nutrition facts labels as long as the amount is under 1 g in a serving. So if you eat several servings, it could possibly accumulate to an amount of trans fat that’s more significant. Still, even if nutrition fact labels aren’t 100 percent accurate, whether something is healthy can be quite intuitive. It’s not too hard to figure out that an apple is healthier than a candy bar without looking at its contents.
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