As we read, on many things the word “Nutrition Facts” but we are not aware of it at all and most of the times we simply ignore it. It’s the myth that nutrition facts panel is only for experts and not for the public or it is difficult to understand. But the thing is that; if you are interested in a healthy diet and balanced calories, the best thing to follow is the nutrition label. Because it can quickly provide the idea of calories, grams, and percentages only in a single glance. Here are some tips that will help you to easily understand the nutrition labels so, that you can make healthy diet choices.
The information provided in the segment 1-4 can be different according to the food product. These are explaining the serving size, information about caloric intake and nutrients present in the product. Section 5 is all about the Daily Values for caloric needs. It also gives information about the different nutrients present in the food.
It is the 1st place on the nutrition labels and it gives information about the serving in the package. It is mostly mention in cups, pieces or by the number of grams. Serving size depicts the number of calories of the product. If you are consuming 2 cups it means you are consuming 2 servings.
Number of Calories:
It tells about the number of calories per serving. It also provides the information about calories from fat per serving.Fat that is unsaturated in nature is good for health. Trans and saturated fats are not a healthy option. Because they increase the levels of bad cholesterol.
Remember, a product with labeling of fat free isn’t necessarily be fat free.
Percent (%) Daily Value
This section tells about the % value of each nutrient that is contributing to the single serving. It is actually the amount that is based on daily recommendations. If you want to skip or limit the use of any nutrient choose low % DV ( 5% or less) and if want to add much in your diet, choose high % DV for that nutrient.
Nutrients to be limited:
Eating fat from unhealthy sources increase the risk of various diseases particularly saturated and trans-fat. High amount of fat and sodium increase the risk of chronic diseases like CVDs, renal disease, hypertension and some types of cancer. For a healthy life try to keep these nutrients low in your diet.
Nutrients to be added:
To keep your health up, there are some nutrients that plays most important role. For a healthy lifestyle one should add more dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, Calcium and potassium in diet.
Important areas on a nutrition label:
While buying something, must pay attention to 3 areas on nutrition labels which include Serving Size, Percent Daily Value and Nutrients.