If you’ve finally embraced a healthy lifestyle and are doing everything it takes to get fit, you must know that food labels contribute largely to your health. Most packaged foods often have labels with food and nutrition information, that we often overlook while making a purchase. Here are some tips to reading them right…
 

Check the servings

Check the servings

Some packaged foods might seem like they serve one but are actually serving 2 or even more. Hence, it is necessary to check the serving size to know how many calories you are consuming. If you are eating for 2 people, it automatically means you are consuming more calories.

Check for sugars

Foods that have added sugars increase your calorie intake and also provide less nutrients. Look out for sucrose, glucose and high fructose corn syrup—these are the ones you need to stay away from.

 

Count your calories

Count your calories

Once you see the calories, check for the nutrients on offer. If you’re on a weight loss spree, you might be trying hard to stay away from fats. But what you really need to understand is that not all fats are bad. Trans fats that are found in most ready-to-eat foods are the ones you need to lookout for. The good fats like avocados, olive oil, etc ,. reduce the risk of heart disease, aid in weight loss and reduce belly fat.

Look out for fiber

Studies suggest that adult women require 25 g of dietary fiber per day. Hence, when reading food labels, lookout for fibre-rich foods because they prevent changes in blood pressure, keep your colon healthy and make you feel full so you don’t overeat.

 

Watch the sodium

Watch the sodium

As you grow older, you tend to become more salt-sensitive. Ideally, adults should consume not more than 3-4 teaspoons of salt. Instead of foods rich in sodium, choose foods high in potassium because they counteract some of the sodium effects on blood pressure.