How to Understand and Read the Nutrition Facts Label?

My Doctor Finder
May 12, 2015

A lot of people don’t know how to read the nutrition facts label. However, it is really important to know what you are going to eat and to watch the calories and the nutrients that you swallow everyday.

Here are some information about how to properly understand and read the nutritional facts behind every food you eat.

  1. The serving size serves as a guide on how many servings of a certain food you’ll be able to consume. Always remember that each serving is equivalent to one person.
  2. The calories measures the energy you get in the food you eat. The calories section may help a person with their weight problems whether it be to lose, maintain, or gain weight. A general guide to calories: 40 calories is low, 100 calories is moderate, while 400 calories and more is high. Note that too much calorie intake can lead to obesity.
  3. The “limit the following” box pertains to the nutrients that one should be consuming less than the other nutrients. For too much of the following may lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.
  4. Daily Value or known as DV helps a person to identify whether s/he is in the right track of consuming nutrients. A quick guide to reading DVs are that 5 percent or less in low while 20 percent or more is high/too much.
  5. The “more of these” box pertains to the nutrients one’s body must be consuming more compared to the “limit the following” nutrients. Intake of theses nutrients can lessen the chance of having heart disease.
  6. On the footnote or the lowest box, it provides the recommended dietary advice on the intake of the daily values.