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Nutrition List - Calculating Nutrition Facts For Hubs
HubPages has created a great new format for writing recipe hubs. With five capsule types to use, writers can now share ingredients, instructions, cooking time, a rating poll and nutritional information with ease and professionalism.
Insert some scrumptious looking photos, delicious dividers and descriptive text and you'll have an attractive, useful recipe post.
Today's cooks are educated. They are detail oriented. With health concerns and special diets to consider, they evaluate every bite. Include that information and you will have a winning hub!
A good nutrition list provides the facts that skilled readers are looking for such as number of calories, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, sugars and fats.
But how? It's not that easy. People want to know stats "per serving" so you'll need to calculate the totals for each category (calories, carbs, etc.) in the entire recipe and then divide them by the number of servings.
Calculating Nutrition Information
Thankfully, there are several good websites designed to help you determine the nutritional breakdown of each ingredient (links below). If your recipe calls for 1 T butter, you can find out just how many calories, carbohydrates, sugars, proteins, fats and fiber are contained in it.
When it comes to writing a recipe hub, though,it can be tedious work to calculate those stats by hand. Personally, I needed to simplify the work by creating a spreadsheet in which to insert the data. It is formatted to add up the totals of each category and then divide them by the number of servings in the recipe. Using a spreadsheet makes it much easier to do a thorough job.
SPREADSHEET FOR YOU: Here is a link to the spreadsheet which you are free to use. Just download and save a copy to your computer. Do a "save as" for each new recipe you work.
Reading Nutrition Labels for Dummies
Nutrition List Websites
When preparing your nutritional data, be as specific as you can be. If you used smooth Jif® Peanut Butter in a cookie recipe, try to find the smooth Jif® Peanut Butter nutritional facts. Get the facts right from the label. When it comes to ingredients where a label is not available, these websites should have what you need:
And this website by the FDA supplies a detailed explanation of how to read nutrition labels: Nutrition Facts Label Programs and Materials
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