What 12 numbers on nutrition labels mean and why you may want to pay attention to them

What 12 numbers on nutrition labels mean and why you may want to pay attention to them (thisisinsider.com)

[Insider, 1/30/19]  Nutrition labels are on all packaged foods and they list the macro and micronutrients of the food inside.

Calories tend to be at the top of the list, but they aren’t necessarily the only number you should be paying attention to.

Paying attention to the fats, sodium, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals can be just as important as calories, especially if you are trying to lose weight.

In the US, nutrition labels are on the backs or sides of packaged foods, from a can of beans to a bag of chips. Calories tend to be close to the top and with the FDA’s new nutrition labels, they’ll be required to be at the top and in a bigger, bolder font by 2020 for larger manufacturers and by 2021 for smaller manufacturers, although many companies have already switched over.

But the calories aren’t necessarily the only thing people should be looking at on nutrition labels. Knowing the fats, sodium, carbohydrates, and protein in your food can be useful when trying to have a healthy diet and lifestyle.

“There’s lots of information to be looking at,” Kris Sollid, a dietitian and Senior Director of Nutrition Communications at the International Food Information Council Foundation told INSIDER…………….

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