Here’s a simple way to eat healthier and feel better. Read the small print. Check nutrition facts on food labels.
First, check serving size, including servings per container. Do it before you indulge. Don’t wait ‘til you’ve eaten the whole thing.
Next, check calories, including those from fat. Understand that fat free doesn’t mean calorie free.
The recommended daily allowance of various nutrients can get tricky.
These percentage daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet, You may need more – or less – of some nutrients, depending on how many calories you take in daily, Your doctor can help you decide how much of each nutrient you need.
A food is low in a nutrient if it’s 5 per cent or less of the daily value.
There are good lows: sodium, cholesterol, and fats – especially saturated and trans fats. Too much of any of these could be dangerous for your heart.
Another danger: bot getting enough calcium, Vitamins A and C, potassium, and Iron.
One nutrient most of us need more of is fiber. So check for it.
Also use the label to determine sugar content.
Protein is also listed. It’s best if protein is lean, low fat, or fat free.
Taking a little more time, to pay attention to what’s in your food, means better nutrition and better health.