Food labels

Every product that you will buy from the supermarket will have a food label but how many of us do really pay attention to them? It is essential to take a closer look in understanding them, for a more conscious eating habit and at the same time for a correct diet. In most cases the package in which the food will come in, will tell you almost nothing on how healthy that food will be because it is the manufacturers way in giving out only some scarce information about that product and not showing all its disadvantages as well. The law system obliges them to have a food label and on that food label you will find the truth about what you are going to buy.
They will give you information on the grams of fat, calories, sodium, cholesterol, carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber and protein in each amount of product and in some cases the percentages of some nutrients that that product may contain. You must know these important facts:

 

1 gram of protein = approximately 4 calories

1 gram of fat = approximately 9 calories

4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon of sugar

1 gram of carbohydrate = approximately 4 calories

We can give you an example on how these measurements can help you find out the real meaning behind that label. For instance if you will have a snack that has 123 calories with 2 grams of protein, 7 grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrate within which 12 is sugar you will get your fat calories by this simple equation: you will multiply the calories from fat 9 x 7 = 63 calories. If you want to get the percentage of fat you will divide 63 fat calories / 123 calories (snack) and you will get 51% fat and if you want to get the protein calories you will only have to multiply 4 x 2 = 8 calories from protein and the percentage of protein will be dividing those 8 protein calories to the 123 calories from the snack leading to a 7% protein.

A very important tool in finding out the benefits of a specific product will be checking the ingredient list on the food label. Most commonly it will be hidden under the packaging material in a very tiny print so that it will barely visible. Many are quite straightforward for instance carrots but some are trying to hide some harmful ingredients that the manufacturer does not want you to know about. Next time when you buy some thing to a little experiment and search on the internet the meaning of all the ingredients that your product is made of. Also there are some books specific on this topic that will help you to get an even clearer view on the situation at hand and remember that in many cases not all is it as it may seem.

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