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How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

Solving the Ninth Mystery of the World

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  • Great article! I especially will remember to 5% low/20% high rule next time I'm examining labels. Thanks! - 2/6/2010 5:58:50 PM
  • This article is what makes Spark a different sight. I been wasting my money on all those other sights. I have been asking these questions and never got a straight answer. Thanks - 2/4/2010 12:50:15 PM
  • Wow really handy percentage tip for reading the labels! Very helpful article. - 1/20/2010 7:28:11 PM
  • Very informative article. One of my favorites so far! Thank you! - 1/20/2010 7:17:36 PM
  • Nice rule of thumb, for the 5% and 20% bits. - 1/16/2010 7:31:21 AM
  • This article was so helpful, this knowledge will definitely help me live a healthier lifestyle :) - 11/29/2009 2:16:51 AM
  • I loved the article ,good information to use - 11/7/2009 8:26:12 AM
  • Thank you for putting it straight for me, I was alittle confused. This a a GREAT article. - 11/2/2009 9:19:53 AM
  • Thank you for this article. I have read labels for years.
    I owned a Children's DayCare and I was the food purchaser. At that time I read the labels mainly for sugar and fat amounts.
    But, now I am reading labels for my hubby and myself. He is even starting to look at them - Amazing. - 9/30/2009 11:58:56 AM
  • This is definitely a good way to keep a balanced diet, especially if you follow the nutritional label. - 9/30/2009 10:48:08 AM
  • I NEED YOUR HELP! I found a label that I think is misleading. Please link to my blog on it and if you get confused by the label can you leave a comment, I'm attempting to get the FDA involved in relabeling since Starbuck's wasn't open to listening:
    http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
    _journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2405879

    Thank you. - 9/27/2009 7:24:16 PM
  • I was taught at an early age to read Nutrition Facts on on packaged food. My biggest problem is estimating nutrition facts on homemade (made by someone else) and restaurant meals. - 9/24/2009 3:21:02 PM
  • Perhaps the way to go is to choose more and more foods with NO labels - fruits and vegetables. I am working on dumping all of the processed crap out of our lives. Exception: morning cereal or wholegrain waffles and my beloved FIBER ONE bars - I won't give those up! I agree though - labels are WAY too complicated - and SO sneaky with tiny serving sizes! I want to see that movie, FOOD, INC. - has anyone seen that one? - 8/20/2009 9:58:11 AM
  • Being on a very limited single gal budget (and unemployed to boot right now), I find it very difficult to make super healthy choices. After all, the good wheat breads cost more than the regular white breads. Lower fat meats cost more as well. When you are dealing with a $75/mo grocery budget, you tend to make compromises or just take whatever you can get at a cheap price. - 8/18/2009 1:14:23 PM
  • As a future dietitian, I think that the food label is almost too complicated for the average person to read. More trouble is inevitable when you account for the fact that the populations that are BELOW average in education have ABOVE average obesity rates. It is wonderful that this site begins educating - 6/18/2009 10:02:31 PM

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