Serving Size // Servings Per Container
This is the first thing you should check.
The calories and nutrients on the label are for one serving
of the product, but there are three servings in total.
If you eat more or less than the recommended serving,
the total calories and nutrient amounts will change.Calories
Calories are energy your body gets from food and burns through activity.
Consuming more calories than you burn can lead to weight gain.
more calories than you eat and drink can lead to weight loss.
comes to maintaining a healthy weight, all calories count, no matter
what food or beverages they come from.Take note that for a 2,000-calorie diet: 40 calories per serving is considered low100 calories per serving is considered moderate400 calories or more per serving is considered high
Total fat includes saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and trans fat. Saturated fat
Saturated fat can increase your risk of heart
disease and high cholesterol. The average adult should consume no more
than 20 grams of saturated fat per day.
Trans fat also increases your risk of heart
disease. Ideally, you should get 0 grams of trans fat per day. Trans fat is
usually found in commercially prepared baked goods, fried foods, snack
foods and margarine.
This is a fatlike chemical that's an
essential component of cell membranes, a covering for nerve-cell fibers,
and a building
block of hormones. Only animal products
contain cholesterol, but our body makes cholesterol in the liver. Adults are advised to limit their daily intake to
Too much can elevate your blood
cholesterol, raising your heart-disease risk.Sodium
The recommended daily limit for an average adult is 2,300 milligrams; too much sodium can cause high blood pressure. Most prepackaged products have an over abundance of sodium.Carbohydrates
Total carbohydrate on the label includes all types of carbohydrate: fiber, sugars and complex carbohydrates.
Healthy sources, like fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains, can reduce the risk of heart disease and improve digestive functioning.
Whole grain foods can’t always be identified by color or name, such as multi-grain or wheat. Some products that trumpet their whole grain credentials use caramel to mimic the brown color that
results from the use of whole grains. Look for the “whole” grain listed first in the ingredient list, such as whole wheat, brown rice, or whole oats.
The average adult should eat between 21 and 35 grams of fiber daily, but most don't reach that level. When buying bread or
cereal, look for a brand with 3 grams or more per serving.
"Simple sugars" like processed sugar added to
snacks and candies should be eaten in very small amounts, because they
contain non nutritive calories and don't offer a lot of good things to your
Limit foods with added sugars, which add calories but not other
nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. Make sure that added sugars
are not one of the first seven ingredients.
Most Americans get
plenty of protein, but not always from the healthiest sources. When
choosing a food for its protein content, such as meat, poultry, dry
beans, milk and milk products, make choices that are lean, low-fat, or
Protein is important to your body, especially
the muscles, and provides energy. 5%-15% of your daily calories should
come from protein
Percent Daily Value (%DV)
Percent Daily Value is calculated for a moderately active woman, or a fairly sedentary man, who eats 2,000 calories a day.
A food item with a 5 percent DV of fat provides 5
percent of the total fat that a person consuming 2,000 calories a day
should eat. Percent DV are for the entire day, not just one meal or snack. You may need more or less than 2,000 calories per day.