It is not possible to eat healthy without reading the food labels. But do we know how to read them? Do we know what the abbreviations on the food labels mean? In this article we will talk about food labels, shortenings and what,how much we should consume.
Why should we read the nutritional values behind packaged products?
To see how much of our daily nutrient needs. High calories can be as empty as calories… Where does this energy come from (sugar, fat, trans fat?) Let’s examine together.
According to the Times, the quantity of servings is an important element that people should always look at on their nutrition labels, because the amount of servings is not something you can imagine by simply looking at a package or product. Clinical nutritionist Debi Zvi told Schumer that even “one-portion” packages could contain two or more.
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- The first step you need to do is look at the portion of your product. How many grams is a portion equal? Since the nutritional values on the labels generally refer to 100 grams, sometimes we think that the total amount of calories in that package. However, sometimes the product we have may contain more or less portions. You must calculate the calories according to the amount you eat by looking at the “kcal” section at the top of the table. If you ate 100 grams, you should have received kcal equivalent to 100 grams.
- In the section called% DV or% Daily Value, it focuses on what ratio of food we hold and our daily needs. We need to take daily fat, sodium-salt, carbohydrates and so on. What percentage of it meets, answers this question.
- Vitamins are usually located at the bottom. So How much of our daily vitamins need covered?
Now, if we know the questions we have to ask, WHAT, HOW MUCH SHOULD IT BE it will be much easier.
Food Label Meanings
- Very oily: 100 grams more than 20 grams of fat falls into the category of very oily
- Low fat: 100 grams less than 3 grams of fat into the category of low-fat nutrients.
- Excess saline: more than 0.12 grams of sodium per 100 grams of saline
- Much sugar: more than 20 grams per 100 grams fall into the category of more sugars
- Less sugar: less than 100 grams less than 2 grams
- High fiber: Fiber ratio should be at least 6 grams per 100 grams for high fiber, remember that high fiber is both tough and helps to reduce bad cholesterol.
- Trans fat: Trans fat-free heart should be important in terms of health. But remember, sometimes it doesn’t appear as “trans fat içerisinde. It can also be described as hydrogenated oil.