Understanding nutiriton facts labels

Understanding Nutrition Facts Labels

There are many people who head to grocery stores every day and grab food without reading labels (I was one of them). This is very unfortunate since it means you are not really aware of what you are putting into your body. While I used to be one of the people who did this, being diagnosed with diabetes changed that for me. I personally chose to rely on a Melbourne nutritionist‘s advice on my food intake┬áthan some sort of medical maintenance. And I’m glad it has been working for me for a year now.

When some people take the time to read labels, they only focus on the fat and calorie content, but there is far more that needs to be taken into consideration. Here are several things you should keep an eye on when looking at nutritional values:

Sodium

Understanding Labels - SodiumEven if you don’t have high blood pressure, you should watch the amount of sodium you consume. While you don’t have to be salt-free, you should try your best not to overdo it. This is particularly important if you are trying to lose weight since salt makes you retain water. The average person should not consume any more than 1500 milligrams each day, so be very careful to avoid foods that have high content of salt.

Carbohydrates

Nutrition labels - carbsIf you are looking to reduce your sugar intake, watching carbs is essential. I used to believe that controlling diabetes was all about avoiding sweets, but carbohydrates have a lot to do with it as well, particularly because they turn into sugar when they are digested. There is nothing wrong with eating carbs as a whole, but watch out for foods that have high amount of it.

Fiber

This is a nutrient that many people do not get enough of. This is very unfortunate for a couple of reasons. The first is the fact that consuming fiber helps regulate your bowel movements, which is essential for good health. The other good thing about fiber is the fullness that people feel when they have enough of it in their systems. The more fiber you eat at each meal, the less likely you are to overeat. When you are reading nutrition labels, keep an eye out for fiber rich foods and stock up.

Nutrition Labels - Fiber

Well…fiber is a hero here

GMOs

Honestly, I am not one of those people who have an aversion to Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs, but there are many who do. If by any chance you’d prefer not to eat food that has been genetically modified, you will have to read nutrition labels carefully. While some products indicate that they are GMO-free on the front of the package, there are some you will have to study a bit harder in order to find the information you are looking for. If you cannot find any information that indicates no GMOs are added, you are better off seeking out another product.

Nutrition LabelsTake my Word for it

While there are many other factors you might need to consider when reading nutrition facts, these are the most common things people should keep an eye on. The next time you are in the grocery store picking up a few things, you should read the labels before you randomly toss things in your cart and head to the checkout line. The road to a healthier diet starts from a knowledge like this.