I am forever forgetting the quick & easy way to know if a packaged food is healthy, when reading the Nutrition Label. I try to limit my purchase of packaged foods (which I haven't succeeded in, but it's a nice sounding goal, right?!). The cereal aisle is notorious for being a major place of confusion, as the "healthy" range of cereals is broad. We know cereal should have "low sugar", but how many grams is that, again?
If you can remember just two numbers, they will help you immensely while you are standing in the grocery aisle, reading the food labels:
Those are the numbers to remember when reading through the Percent (%) Daily Value column on the right side of the Nutrition Label.
5% is low for a nutrient
20% is high for a nutrient
Some of the nutrients you want high (above 20%):
fiber, vitamins and minerals
Some of the nutrients you want low (below 5%):
fat, cholesterol, sodium
That's it! I get confused with learning about how many grams I'm supposed to (or not supposed) to consume in a day for a particular nutrient vs. what the percentages mean, etc. It's part of my philosophy (or laziness ?) of not wanting to count calories and carbs, but trying to be a good consumer and choose foods that are generally healthier to eat.
Do you have any tricks for reading Nutrition Food Labels?
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