HEALTH FOCUS: Nutrition labels and why they are important

HEALTH FOCUS: Nutrition labels and why they are important



manufactured products have several advantages some of which include increasing shelf life and making them easier to prepare sometimes there is added value for example fortified foods have extra nutrients that are important for children pregnant women and the elderly among others many of the packaged foods and beverages are made with combined nutrients for them to help consumers achieve the desired effect and this is part of the reason why they have nutritional labels how often do you pay attention to these labels while shopping if you are one who does not here is why you need to start because that is where your the value of the of the food that you bind is usually the front bit is very misleading the fun bit is very misleading because it's it's what they used to sell to us they will use them maybe the just a picture something healthy something and then that is what you look at first the labels have key components including serving size calories and nutrients in their quantities first they are quote they will show you what nutrients are in the food that you're buying of course it is processed so it is processed there are so many other ingredients that are involved it's not a whole food you're going to find a protein you're going to find weight amines are going to find many things but then how do you know and then now you need to know the quantities the quantities of what is in there all that is on the nutrition fact panel the Nutrition Facts labels on products like this ones here do not only help you to understand some of those nutrients that you really want to cut back on but also to increase those that you need to take in larger amounts because just when you are buying to understand the nutritional value and how many calories you're taking in for example this has a per serving has 180 calories so as a consumer we assume that the whole thing is 180 calories it's only two spoons there are 180 calories so at the end of that day for you when you're taking you consuming so much than what you're supposed to do the quantity is usually they start with our biggest then to the lowest as they're going down so you can know what is there that is more so if you need a protein then you will know what you're taking but they can't tell you this is something that has protein when it is actually the last one abundant list Waku further explains how you can determine the most important nutrients from the list important the first three are the major ones the others are very they are not major because they just put a little bit of it so it's confusing when you get a nutrition fact that has a whole line of things then that is very very processed our dragon lists like three or two or four then you'll exactly know what you're taking home the labels are intended to make it easier for you to make quick informed food choices that contribute to a healthy diet it also makes it easier to compare similar foods to see which is healthier you need to take time and grid and understand calories fats you know total sugars 5 bath salts and if you know what you're looking for then you'll actually end up with the right product in most cases when I go to the supermarket what I mind most seeing is the expiry date of that product but I don't mind looking at other things excess consumption of some nutrients like cholesterol trans fats sugars has been linked to chronic diseases whereas the intake of excess calories is linked to obesity and it's related complications you end up having type 2 diabetes all according diseases that we are seeing these days because of our eating habits well however says one can choose to forgo processed foods manufacturers know they'll confuse him with many words with many things grams and words and everything and you do not understand if you want to lose weight for example and you are not willing to change your lifestyle then we are not going to do anything about your weights cause weights management is an approach to a healthy lifestyle which will involve healthy eating physical exercises good quality sleep from drinking lots of what in May 2016 the Food and Drug Administration published final rules on the new nutritional facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information the new labels should indicate in larger and bold type letters and figures the serving size followed by calories in the pack it should also show the amount of added sugars Walton where CJ NTV

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