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How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

Solving the Ninth Mystery of the World


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  • 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
  • Labels & percentages truly are the ninth mystery of the world! At least to me. Thank you Laura for the helpful information in this article. I never understood the percentages before, now I can keep a better eye on my nutrition. - 5/23/2009 2:18:49 AM
  • LOVE this article I never knew what the percentages meant until I read your article! - 5/14/2009 11:44:51 AM
  • Thank you. I have printed this article to hand out as a teaching aid when counselling patients about healthy lifestyles. - 5/12/2009 11:43:08 AM
  • Oh Thank You for this article!!!! I have always wanted to learn the proper method of reading these nutrition labels into my daily program. With it broken down for me to understand...its actually easier than it looks!!!!!! Thank you for this invaluable piece. - 5/8/2009 2:40:29 PM
    Great article. I needed this! - 5/3/2009 4:08:26 PM
    This article is awesome, so simple and easy to understand with all the key points explained. I have been always looking for a easier way to understand which you have done very well. thank you.. - 5/2/2009 5:15:05 PM
  • Thanks for the Knowledge - 4/13/2009 7:31:42 AM
  • This is so helpful. I've never paid attention to percentages but this seems like a no brainer. - 4/9/2009 7:49:23 PM
    I never pay attention before now I do thanks to spark people again thanks so much Love Gary - 4/1/2009 9:11:15 AM
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    I haate it when I see "4 servings" per pkg.. when I just ate the whole thing - 3/17/2009 9:35:49 AM
    The 5% / 20% thing is a HUGE help... I always ignored those percentages because, on a daily calorie range far below 2000, I didn't what to do with them! Thanks for the tip! - 3/3/2009 9:57:44 PM
    Sure am glad to read this as it is something I have wanted to understand! - 3/1/2009 3:59:47 PM
  • WOW...and to think, I've never paid attn to serving sz..this is great info. - 2/12/2009 8:07:07 AM
  • Great to know......I will just remember this as a math problem: 5- is good & 20+ is bad = a healthy food. I will be sharing this with my friends. Thanks! - 1/24/2009 1:28:49 PM

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