Nutrition labels help to tell you what’s in the food you’re buying, but they can be quite tricky to navigate. When you’re trying to be mindful of what you’re consuming, the confusion nutrition labels bring can make it that much more difficult.
So today, we want to share some tips to help you properly read the nutrition labels and so you can feel confident in knowing you are buying the right products for yourself.
Pay attention to the serving size.
One of the easiest ways to convince consumers into thinking a product is low-calorie, low-sugar, or low-fat is to make the serving size smaller than what anyone would typically consume. When you quickly glance at the nutrition label on your favorite snack, you might see only 5g of sugar, but you don’t notice that this is only for a small handful. If you know that you typically finish a whole bag in one sitting, a serving size of one handful isn’t realistic. Look at the serving size carefully, and then you can accurately calculate how many servings you’ll probably consume in one sitting.
Understand the percent daily values.
Now that you’ve compared the serving size to how much you’ll actually eat, you should understand how much of each nutrient is in your food. The daily value percentage tells you how much of the recommended daily intake for each nutrient this product contains. Be especially careful of the daily value percentage of saturated fats and sugars.