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How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

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  • Good and usable article. Thank you.
  • Great article has taught me how to read labels. Really helpful
  • Great article. Lots of valuable information provided!
  • BILLTHOMSON
    I love cracking the code
  • The 5 and 20% guidelines are a great little check, especially when you are in the grocery store and trying to glance in a hurry. Thanks for sharing this tip.
  • I have embraced the Keto eating life style. So i eat less than 20 grams of carbs, at least 78 grams of protien and up to 96 grams of fat daily. I rarly buy or eat prosessed foods. Reading lables is a must for me to stay on track.
  • Thank-you for the article I wanted to know what was considered high sodium and carbs in a food and the 5%-20% general rule is very helpful.
  • The 5 & 20% is a great rule of thumb. Thank you.
  • Great article, I think reading the ingredients is also important, that is where you see things like added sugars, or sodium which will tell you to check another brand and compare.
    Also this points out the reason I love the SparkPeople Nutrition tracker, it will track so much more than just calories and fat..so when Doc tells you to watch sodium, or carbs you're covered!
  • MAS1216
    I have learned that in order to use canned vegetables , I have to rinse them thoroughly in cold water before heating. Water retention is a big problem for me and this helps with salt reduction. There is so much sodium in foods!
  • THREETABLES
    Our bodies are so complex and without all the variables added and computed... focusing on EXACT numbers is almost redundant when one thinks about it. Simplifying the percentage values on the label by using the 5% and 20% as you have stated is wholeheartedly welcomed and appreciated. Thank you!
  • Great article and very informative and a great reminder to always read the labels. I have been doing this for a few years now but slacked off, time to get back on track.
  • Answer: the carbohydrates come from Erythritol - a sugar alcohol that passes through your system mostly undigested. since the body doesn't break it down, you don't get energy/calories from it.

    Sandra
  • Very helpful. I always look at the sodium - have always had a problem with water retention. It is hard to limit sodium intake because they put salt and sugar in everything!! So, mostly I just cook from scratch and shop mostly the produce and meat sections. Stay away from most canned products.
  • I'm with LogiMom2010 on this one. I do the math and it doesn't add up. Are they subtracting fiber?

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