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Nutrition for Dummies

3 Step Process to Reading a Label

Step 1) Serving size plus the amount of calories per serving size

Step 2) Look at the % of daily value each nutrient is

Step 3) Make sure the important nutrients (daily fiber, vitamins, protein and calcium) have a higher than 20% of it so that it isn't just empty calories.

Remember- Daily value percentage is based on a 2,000 calorie diet

What to Avoid

When looking at the Nutrition Label things that you should avoid large amounts of are:

Saturated fats- Saturated fat can increase your risk of heart disease and high cholesterol. The average adult should consume no more than 20 grams of saturated fat per day.

Trans fat- Trans fat also increases your risk of heart disease. Ideally, you should get 0 grams of trans fat per day.

Cholesterol- You should eat less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day

Remember- Anything under .5 milligrams doesn't have to be listed so look at the list of ingredients

What to get Enought of

Most Americans don't get enough of these in their diets so take note:

  • Dietary fiber
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Iron

Remember- Eating enough of these nutrients can improve your health and help reduce the risk of some diseases and conditions so it is very important.