Trans4mind Home Page

5 Secrets of Reading Food Labels Revealed

Whether you're concerned about cancer, cardiovascular disease,
diabetes, or simply losing weight, you want to eat a healthy diet
and focus on foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, and
phytonutrients, and balanced in fats, carbs, proteins.

There is only one way to incorporate healthy foods into our diet
and that is to make the decision to do it! Practical information
about the nutrition and safety of the foods we consume is
absolutely vital in making this decision.

One way to learn more about what we eat, is to snoop around the
supermarket. Check-out package labels to see what manufactures
are adding (or removing) from the foods we eat. Read the
information on the package and start making comparisons to
determine which foods are the best for YOU. Know about
nutritional labeling and the sometimes sneaky ways that
manufacturers have of hiding what is in the food. Know and
understand ingredient declarations, how they are used, and what
a few of the "technical" terms mean. Are the unfamiliar
ingredients good or bad for your health?

Since 1994 food manufacturers have been required by the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) to include food labels (or Nutrition
Facts labels) on product packaging so that consumers have
accurate nutritional information about the food they purchase.
But food labels are more than just a federal requirement 'once
you understand the information they provide, you can use food
labels as a guide to planning healthier meals and snacks.

Food labels are required on almost all foods, except those that
don't provide many nutrients such as coffee, alcohol and spices.
Although some restaurants provide information about the food they
serve, they aren't required to have labels. The FDA recommends
that sellers provide nutritional information on produce, meat,
poultry and seafood, but it's strictly voluntary.

What Is a Serving?

At the top of a food label under Nutrition Facts, you'll see the
serving size and the number of servings in the package. The rest
of the nutrition information in the label is based on one

Calories, Calories From Fat and Percent Daily Values

This part of a food label provides the calories per serving and
the calories that come from fat. If you need to know the total
number of calories you eat every day or the number of calories
that come from fat, this section provides that information.
Remember that this part of the label doesn't tell you whether you
are eating saturated or unsaturated fat.

On the right side of a food label, you'll see a column that lists
percentages. These percentages refer to the percent daily values
(%DV). Percent daily values tell you how much of something,
whether it's fat, sugar or vitamin A, one serving will give you
compared to how much you need for the entire day. It will help
you gauge the percentage of a nutrient requirement met by one
serving of the product. One way to use this section of the label
is when you comparison shop. For example, if you're concerned
with sodium, you can look at two foods and choose the food with
the lower % DV. Are you trying to eat a low-fat diet? Look for
foods that have a lower percent daily value of fat.

The %DV is based on how much or how little of the key nutrients
you should eat whether you eat 2,000 or 2,500 calories a day. So
if you eat a 2,000-calorie diet, you should eat less than 65
grams of fat in all the foods you eat for the day. If you're
eating 12 grams of fat in your one serving of macaroni and cheese
(remember that's one cup), you can calculate how much fat you
have left for the day. You can use the bottom part of the food
label in white to compare what you are eating to the % DV you're
allowed for that nutrient, whether it's fat, sodium or fiber. If
you need more or less than 2,000 or 2,500 calories, you'll need
to adjust this accordingly.

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes
only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any
disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any
health care program.

About the author:
Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News
where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on
many medical, health and lifestyle topics.

From our extensive site, you'll find good info on many topics using this search:

Support your personal development with these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

  • Public Speaking Fear ~ Banish speaking anxiety and nerves with hypnosis.
  • Motivate Yourself to Exercise ~ Build a powerful exercise habit that you can't break.
  • Get Rid of Fear & Anxiety ~ Stop worry and apprehension wrecking your life.
  • Self Esteem ~ Break the negative trance of low self esteem and give yourself a chance in life.
  • Create Your Own Reality ~ Use the power of your unconscious mind to transform your life.
  • Deeper Self Respect ~ Use hypnosis to connect with your true inner worth.
  • Detach From Fear ~ Tune out nervousness and anxiety with hypnosis.
  • Improving Concentration and Focus ~ Learn how to discipline, direct and command your mind to improve your performance.
  • Exercise Motivation ~ Give you powerful keys to getting back on track with your exercise - and staying there.
  • Overcoming Shyness ~ Provides an invisible security blanket allowing you to develop social ease and overcome shyness.
  • Quick Confidence Booster ~ An audio hypnosis session that's specifically designed to get you (quickly!) back on track.
  • Stop Negative Thoughts ~ Learn powerful hypnotic techniques to stop negative thoughts before they start.
  • Overcoming Procrastination ~ Let hypnosis help you get on with what you need to do, when you need to do it. Let nothing hold you back.
  • Think Thin ~ Use hypnosis to re-train your brain and lose weight naturally... that's how to get and stay slim.
  • Fall Asleep Fast ~ Relearn how to fall asleep fast and enjoy a good night's sleep.
  • The Next Level ~ Designed to radically boost your performance in any field. It's based on a technique used by top athletes and other successful people to help them make a big stride forward.
This is our selection of favorites, but there's a session for every need! Choose from over 800 Hypnosis Downloads...
Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...

View all the Hypnosis Downloads here

The New Wave in Meditation Technology

Click here to learn more about the iAwake Profound Meditation Program
The iAwake Profound Meditation Program
is a way of enhancing your meditation practice, making meditation not only easier and more enjoyable, but also more efficient and effective.
Profound Meditation provides the smoothest, deepest, richest, most profound meditation experience available anywhere...
Here is a link to a free 20-minute track from iAwake Technologies - a sample of the type of tools that will deepen your meditation immediately and help you quickly become a successful meditator. It's the opening track of iAwake's flagship product, the Profound Meditation Program, called the iAwake Experience...
Learn More and Download the iAwake Experience
We think you'll find this technology a tremendous aid on your transformative journey of becoming your best and most creative self - and you can get started today!
Copyright © 1997-2018 Trans4mind Ltd