What Matters on Nutrition Labels

Government industries have been doing their best to enact laws that require companies to display accurate information on their product labels. However, companies come up with clever alternatives to hide the “bad stuff”. Unfortunately, this becomes a promotional and marketing tool rather than an accurate health informative measure.

A simple way to read nutrition labels is to focus not on the calories, but rather the macronutrients (grams of protein, fat, and carbohydrates) that are listed AND the ingredients listed at the bottom of the label, which are the most important IMO. Key points to keep in mind are based on your health goal to make sure the grams match that of your specific body needs (maintenance, weight loss, weight gain, etc). There shouldn’t be 50 things listed under ingredients. If you can’t pronounce most of them, you definitely shouldn’t ingest them. The fewer the ingredients, the much better quality the food product is versus something that is infused with chemicals. The body doesn’t enjoy metabolizing chemicals no matter how good they’re made to taste.

Become familiar with your pantry and stocked fridge/freezer and check out the nutrition labels if you didn’t when you put it in your cart/basket at the store. Do more research on whether it’s a healthy and safe food to keep consuming, or never buy again. I’d be curious to hear what you find and if you take a first step to eating healthier! Keep it simple. Whole, nutritious foods won’t have a label because it’s only ONE ingredient.

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