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Read food nutrition labels carefully!

Ask Coley | 7-14 yrs | Video, Animation

Our body is all we have. But are we really aware of all that which goes inside our body?

Basics of food nutrition labels

Every packaged item of food has nutritional label behind it. They tell you what’s inside the food you’re eating and list its parts. Fresh food that doesn’t come prepackaged sometimes has nutrition facts, too.
Most nutrients are measured in grams, also written as g. Some nutrients are measured in milligrams, or mg. Milligrams are very tiny — there are 1,000 milligrams in 1 gram.

Determining the serving size

The nutrition label always lists a serving size, which is an amount of food, such as 1 cup of cereal, two cookies, or five pretzels. The label also tells you how many servings are contained in the particular package of food.

How to read food nutrition labels?

The key nutritional ingredients to look out for are the amounts of total fat, saturated fat, sugar and sodium/salt.
You can refer to following proportion to understand the amount of intake that is considered to be healthy.

  • Total fat 0-3g (best), 3.1-20g (okay), 20g+ (sometimes)
  • Saturated Fat 0-1.5g (best), 0-1.6g (okay), 5g+ (sometimes)
  • Sugar 0-5g (best), 5.1-15g (okay), 15g+ (sometimes)
  • Sodium 0-120mg (best), 121-600mg (okay), 600mg+ (sometimes)