Do you really know what you're eating? Reading the nutrition facts is very important, understanding the ingredients is even more important, knowing how to read the ingredients listed can be very tricky but that’s where I come in…
If you are not so familiar with reading the nutrition facts here are some tips!
Tip #1: Be sure to look at the serving size; Manufactures tend to list serving sizes that are typically smaller portions than the average person generally eats in one sitting.
Tip #2: There are good types of fat
Yes, I said good types of fat. Foods such as almonds and avocados contain naturally good fats!
Don’t be so cautious about the total fat listed, concentrate more on the saturated, unsaturated, and trans fat. Saturated fat raises your total blood cholesterol levels and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Try to cut back on saturated fat and trans fat, as much as possible.
Tip #3: Watch out for sugar! There are many different terms used for sugar on food labels, sugar has countless names; many of which you probably don't recognize. Food manufactures use this to their advantage big time. Syrups are sugars too, don’t forget! There are also other types of added sugars to look out for.
Tip #4: Take into consideration what the first few ingredients listed actually are
When looking at the ingredients on the bottom line, product ingredients are listed by quantity, from highest to lowest amount, which means the first ingredient listed what manufacturer used the most of.
If that first ingredient is some type of sugar… (put it down). Try looking for products that list whole foods as the first three ingredients!
Tip #5: Be skeptical of foods with long lists of ingredients
The best way to avoid being tricked by these labels is to avoid processed foods as much as possible.
A healthier life is a happier life