What do you pay attention to first when reading a food label?Why?

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  1. Turtlewoman profile image87
    Turtlewomanposted 11 years ago

    What do you pay attention to first when reading a food label?Why?

  2. s.wilson profile image61
    s.wilsonposted 11 years ago

    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.

  3. Xenonlit profile image60
    Xenonlitposted 11 years ago

    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.

  4. onegoodwoman profile image68
    onegoodwomanposted 11 years ago

    Protein.........it is the substance that builds healthy bodies............or sends them into kidney failure.

  5. Faceless39 profile image93
    Faceless39posted 11 years ago

    No meat ingredients; vegetarian.  No chemically-sounding names because that stuff is all poison.  No preservatives, etc.  Healthy, very few ingredients.

  6. BlissfulWriter profile image74
    BlissfulWriterposted 11 years ago

    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).

  7. jacqui2011 profile image79
    jacqui2011posted 11 years ago

    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.

  8. Cardisa profile image89
    Cardisaposted 11 years ago

    What to look for when reading food labels and how important it is. What to look for in the nutrition data. read more

  9. Dave Mathews profile image60
    Dave Mathewsposted 11 years ago

    I never read the label except to know what the product is.

  10. bell du jour profile image59
    bell du jourposted 11 years ago

    I always check whether it contains gluten.

  11. Insane Mundane profile image57
    Insane Mundaneposted 11 years ago

    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???

  12. lupine profile image68
    lupineposted 11 years ago

    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.

  13. athena2011 profile image58
    athena2011posted 11 years ago

    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.

  14. profile image0
    susanm23bposted 11 years ago

    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 smile

  15. profile image58
    wim99posted 11 years ago

    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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