Nutrition Labels: What to Look At

It is always impor­tant to know what you are eat­ing, and thanks to the FDA, we have the chance to look at what nutri­ents are in the food we eat through their nutri­tion labels. Accord­ing to the Amer­i­can Heart Asso­ci­a­tion, this is what we should be look­ing at when we check food labels:

nutrition facts

Remem­ber that the daily val­ues are based on a 2,000 calo­rie goal, so if you are try­ing to mod­ify your calo­rie intake, you will need to adjust the per­cent­age. Also, be aware of the serv­ings. If you are hav­ing more than the serv­ing sug­gest, that will also increase the amounts of the nutri­ents, fat, and calories.

When try­ing to limit or increase nutri­ents, the Amer­i­can Heart Asso­ci­a­tion sug­gests hav­ing less than 56–78 grams a day, and get­ting 100% of the needed nutri­ents, as based on the 2,000 calo­rie goal. When you are aware of what the nutri­tion label says, you become a savvy shop­per, and a healthy eater. So the next time you pick up a pack­aged item, look at its nutri­tion label, and see what you find out about it.