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How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

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  • WHITEPIPE
    I never pay attention before now I do thanks to spark people again thanks so much Love Gary
  • TUNES812
    I haate it when I see "4 servings" per pkg.. when I just ate the whole thing
  • CHATTERDUCK
    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!
  • MADGIRL1
    Sure am glad to read this as it is something I have wanted to understand!
  • WOW...and to think, I've never paid attn to serving sz..this is great info.
  • 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!
  • This is a great article! I now have a more practical idea of what I should be looking for what reading those labels at the grocery store -- I found the 5% and 20% refererences and the info about needing to adjust the percentages based on the number of calories in my plan particularly enlightening. Thanks!
  • 25%GONE
    I just wish that companies would be consistent - there are times when the label says 250 ml (or 1 cup) and the bowl of soup (for example) is a single serve container of 341 mL - just do the calories etc for the whole bowl!
  • Very easy to understand!
  • ICANANDIWILL
    This article is great. It helps make sense out of all the #'s and %'s and what they mean.
  • Very helpful! Never understood the percents before so I didn't pay attention to them. Now I understand food labels much better!
  • Great article!! Extremely helpful!! Takes alot of the guess work out of the daily calculations. Thanks.
  • DLBROWNJACKSON
    When I start watching the salt intake for my sweet hubby, began reading labels of what we ate, I was sure the food industry was doing its best to be legal and obscure. Sure, it is listed but you have to be an informed consumer and translate the contents. I make most of what we eat now from scratch, healther and tastes great!
  • This article makes sense I have found that when I eat soups , like Campbell's Healthy request it says to add one can of water. Which makes it 2.5 servings which if you eat it all can add up.
    I have gotten to where soup wise I pour the can of soup in a measuring cup and then add enough water to make 1 serving or if it already has liquid in the soup I don add any. It really helps when your watching the calories cause the per serving can really get you.
  • Great article. What makes me angry is to buy Juice that says "Blueberry Juice" then find that Apple Juice is the first ingredient on the label, meaning there is more of it than blueberry juice. This also happens with Spaghetti Sauce, when it says it has mushrooms or meat, it is only a tiny amount and you are paying a lot more than plain sauce.

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