How To Understand A Nutrition Label Attempting to get healthy begins with your diet. Your diet is what nourishes your body as well as provides vitamins and energy. When selecting food in the grocery store an individual’s first move is to look at the nutrition label, which is correct, but because of diet fads, quick weight loss shakes and diet pills, many people are misunderstanding the correct way to read a nutrition label. Nutrition labels can be broken down into 5 different sections: 1. The Serving Size 2. Calories 3. The Limited Nutrients 4. Unlimited Nutrients 5. The Footnote Section 1: The Surviving Size Section one consists of the surviving size and number of servings there are in the package. The surviving size/servings have much influence in how many calories and nutrients there are in your meal. Pay attention to the serving size and how many servings. Ask yourself questions such as: How many servings am I consuming? How many servings will do I normally eat? How many servings will actually fill me up? Section 2: Calories Calories are a measurement of how much energy your body will get from a serving of food. The number of servings you consume determines the amount of calories you actually eat. Here is a general guide to calories:
40 Calories is low 100 Calories is moderate 400 Calories is high
Section 3: The Limited Nutrients The limited nutrients your body should be in-taking is Fat (saturated and trans), Cholesterol, and Sodium. Ingesting too much of these increases your risk of chronic diseases, such as heart and kidney disease, and high blood pressure. Limit these nutrients. Section 4: Unlimited Nutrients
Unlimited nutrients consist of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron. These are the nutrients that many people donâ€™t get enough of. Eating enough of these nutrients can help you improve your health and reduce your risk of disease. Section 5: The Footnote The footnote at the bottom of the label states that the %DV, or percent of daily values, is based on a based on a 2,000 calorie diet. The footnote reminds people that the nutrient values vary by a personâ€™s calorie need. If there is enough room on the package, the footnote may include a list of selected nutrient values for a 2,000 and 2,500 a day diet.