Guest Blog: Quick Guide on How to Read a Nutrition Label

by mattsilv on January 2, 2012  |  Topics: Guest Blog

Our first of many in 2012, enjoy this guest blog post by Registered Dietitian and Owner of The Happiness in Health, Jessie Erwin.

In today’s busy world, eating out has become routine.  Picture this: your restaurant order arrives at your table or on the fast-food counter, ready to satisfy your hunger and nourish your body.  What exactly went into that meal?  Wouldn’t it be nice to know what nutrients are in the restaurant foods we eat?

If you are generally healthy and do not require a modified diet (for example, as would be needed for someone with diabetes or certain food allergies), follow these general guidelines for a nutritious meal:

  • Check the number of calories in a single serving, as well as how many servings per container.
  • Limit the following nutrients: saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium to help reduce the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.  Choose monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, such as in olive oil and canola oil, over saturated fats and trans fats, such as in butter and store-bought pastries.
  • Get enough of these nutrients: potassium, fiber, vitamins A & C, calcium, and iron.

The % Daily Value column gives a quick and easy way to estimate nutrient content in a 2000-calorie diet (your nutrient needs may be higher or lower).

Please feel free to post questions below!

Guest Blog Written By:

Jessie Erwin, Registered Dietitian

Founder, The Happiness in Health

Twitter: JessieHealthRD


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