What do you pay attention to first when reading a food label?Why?
I pay attention to the ingredients, and the order they are written down in. They have to put the most prevalent ingredient first, so it is a good way to see how a majority of your food is made. If the first couple ingredients are corn syrup, or things I can't say, I try to avoid the food.
First, I look at serving size, then I look at calories. If the ratio of calories to serving size does not look good...I reject the item.
Next, I look at the bad stuff: saturated fat, sugar and sodium. If these are off the charts, then good bye!
Then, I look at nutrition. I look for the percentage of daily value of something good in a serving of that food! It is amazing how many packaged foods have no nutritional value whatsoever. But if there is fiber, 100% vitamin C, or a good amount of Zinc, Calcium, and so on, then I might choose the item as a part of a more complete meal.
Sometimes, I will compare an item's nutritional value against the competitor's versions to see which company has the better product.
After that, I'm done.
Protein.........it is the substance that builds healthy bodies............or sends them into kidney failure.
No meat ingredients; vegetarian. No chemically-sounding names because that stuff is all poison. No preservatives, etc. Healthy, very few ingredients.
Sugar content. I now think sugar is more dangerous than saturated fat. This is why sugar is bad for health: http://blissfulwriter.hubpages.com/hub/ … -Unhealthy
Avoid foods with high-fructose corn suyrup and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (trans fat).
First of all I check the weight - to see if there is enough portions.
Secondly I check the calories.
Thirdly I check the saturated fat content.
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I never read the label except to know what the product is.
I usually start with the Trans fat content, and then I'll head right towards all of the words I can't properly pronounce within the ingredient section. Yikes! What all do they put in our food nowadays???
I look at the sugar content first, too much, I will not buy it. Then, the sodium (salt), too much salt raises blood pressure. Some food items I stopped buying for high content of ingredients I don't want to eat.
The ingredients list. I read once where the list is put in order of prevalence in the product so if sugar is listed first then that's what the product is mostly made of.
What we eat determines our health so it is crucial that we are careful what we put into our bodies.
I also read that if a product has any ingredient that you cannot pronounce then put it back on the shelf because it likely is a chemical of some sort, like a preservative which can be toxic for you to eat.
I look at calories, carbs and especially ingredients. I don't like to purchase food with a lot of weird ingredients. I prefer simpler, natural ingredients
First, I look at the calories and portion size, then skip to the fat and proteins, then sugar and sodium. Try to absorb the nutritional value every time.
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