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How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

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  • Thank you, the 5% vs. 20% guides are extremely helpful and easy to understand. - 3/15/2011 10:54:04 AM
  • i LOVE the 5%- 20% rule: 5% or LESS of things you DON'T want, 20% or MORE of things you DO want (as in fiber, etc) THANKS!! - 2/5/2011 11:08:46 PM
    I think that we have been tricked by food manufacturers because the way they package food. They will put what seems to be a single serving in a small bag or container when in fact it is two sometimes 4 servings. I found myself looking for a quick, but healthy snack in a convenience store the other day, and I could not find anything that was a single portion. I think that becoming aware of portions has really made a huge, positive impact on my health - 1/22/2011 9:15:32 AM
  • I can see how portion control will be the hardest and the wisest lesson to learn and master. It isn't our fault that we learned to eat such portion sizes, that is how we grew up. That is why we over eat and why it will be so hard to adjust to the correct portions.. (why can't it be the other way around)? Just kidding. I think each package should list what is inside as a whole, then I could decide if I want all 500 calories instead of feeling deprived because I can only eat half. Well..... it is what it is and I'm ready to face this. I'm sure we will eventual feel satisfied with correct portion sizes and be happy, skinny and healthier. - 1/21/2011 11:56:39 PM
  • Very Informative.... I know to cut back I tend to eat more things where the serving size is the whole contanier lol. that way i don't feel like I overate - 1/15/2011 10:39:45 PM
  • I guess that make some sense as I bet the contents aren't 100 percent the SAME from can to can. But 20% ? What gets me is sometimes in Canada (thanks to a previous PM who I love to hate we have the wonderful marvelous metric system ) its funny when the serving size is 250 ml and the can is 355. - 12/31/2010 11:50:31 PM
  • PSKIPPY7811
    Another fun fact: those numbers on the label, by law, are allowed to be up to 20% off. So if it says it's 200 calories per serving it could be anywhere from 160 - 240. If it says 10 grams of fat it could be 8-12 grams. - 10/17/2010 12:19:19 PM
  • MAMMA321
    well i,m very sorry that i thought i was reading properly the food label but i guess i was at now i,ll make sure i follow every bit of information i read from this article.thanks a lot for posting. - 8/22/2010 6:03:34 PM
  • Great information! - 8/22/2010 5:12:06 PM
  • RLATH73
    The 5 & 20 % rule is great information! Easy to remember, and makes sense out of what was essentially gobbledygook to me.
    Thanks for a great article. - 7/27/2010 6:14:16 PM
  • Thanks for simplifying this. So of us need this help( especially me). The 5/20 rule is great. - 6/13/2010 9:34:23 AM
  • I love the 5 and 20 rule--I'll remember that! - 5/17/2010 12:57:57 AM
  • Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks. Learned something new today with this article. - 4/12/2010 1:33:23 PM
  • Quite informative and glad it's available. - 3/8/2010 3:21:10 PM
    I thought I understood the nutrition labels but SP's explanation made it simpler and easier to understand! - 2/28/2010 9:44:48 AM

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