Tips on Reading Nutrition Labels

Many of us may be overeating without even knowing that we are doing so. This is because many of us may not know what is an actual serving size for the products we buy. This is why it is one of the most important things to read on a nutrition label. Once you know what a serving size is, it may help to measure it out and use the same plate or bowl each time. This way you avoid overeating and are staying healthier. If the daily value part of the label confuses you than you are not alone. A good rule to follow for this is to remember that cholesterol and fat should not be higher than five percent and vitamins and minerals should be around twenty percent.
When reading the fat part of the label, it may get confusing because there are so many different kinds of fat. It is important to consider the fat when trying to understand this part. Unsaturated fats help to lower your risk of heart problems and help to keep you energized from inside your body. Trans fat and saturated fats raise bad cholesterol and lower good and increase your risk for heart disease. So, the good fats should be higher and the bad fats lower.
As far as sugars and sodium are concerned just make sure to limit these as much as possible and use the daily value part of the label to help you. The more processed the food is, the more likely it is to have a high amount of sugar and sodium.
We all know that when we are in doubt, we should read labels, but for many of us the nutrition labels have just left us more confused. With these simple tips, reading the label will be easier to understand for everyone. This way you can make sure your family is eating the healthiest foods possible for as long as possible.

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