Monday, April 21, 2014

Reading the Food Label

Happy Monday and welcome to week 4 of the A to Z Challenge! I’m super stoked and can’t wait to share these two simple tips with you.  They are about what to pay attention to when buying packaged goods for your pantry.

1.    Calorie and nutrient content

Pay attention to the serving size and amount of servings per container in order to know exactly how much you are taking in. Things, indeed, aren't always what they seem to be.

 Now, this applies to all the nutrients but let's concentrate on the amount of calories, just to keep things simple for now. Shall we? In the figure above, 1 serving (1 oz.) supplies 190 kcal. Notice, however, that there are 16 servings in this particular container, resulting in a whopping 3,040 calories!  Yep! You read correctly. 3,040 calories! This kind of takes you aback right? Number 2 is...

2.    The Ingredients List

Rule of thumb: The shorter and more understandable the words on the list of ingredients, the healthier the food item. Also…

          Partially hydrogenated = Trans-fats

          High fructose corn syrup = Refined sugar

I hope you remember these tips the next time you go grocery shopping, prepare a meal, or fix a snack for your get-together!

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  1. Always read the labels! I am on a Gluten free trial run, to see if this will solve some health issues. I tested negative for Gluten allergy, but I may still be sensitive. And, fun to read your blog--I was born in Manhattan, at Columbia and Presbyterian Hospital.

    1. Oh hi Loverofwords! I'm glad you liked the post. Thanks for visiting. Reading the food label has saved me from health related issues, so I figured I should share these tips with you (my lovely readers) :)

  2. What a great blog! New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge, and I look forward to visiting again.


    1. Hey Sylvia! Thanks for visiting and special thanks for joining. All the best with the A to Z challenge.


      P.S: Loved your post on reading. Great tips. New subscriber too! :)

  3. This is truly an eye-opener. Luckily, most Indians, especially those in my generation, very rarely use processed foods. And thank God for that!

  4. So true. Thanks for visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed it :).