Foodie Friday: How to Read a Nutrition Label

For many of us, the nutrition label is as daunting as high school homework. Here is a step-by-step guide to the basics:

Step 1: Check—and double-check—the serving size (28 grams equals about one ounce)
Step 2: Watch the sodium . . .you should avoid foods that have above 10% of your daily value
Step 3: . . . and the sugar, which goes by several different names
Step 4: Don’t base all your choices on fat and calories alone

Many nutrition labels use 2,000 calories for women, and 2,500 calories as the daily recommendation. But these numbers may be too high or too low for you.

Don’t be afraid of carbohydrates or fats. Your body needs both of these. Just aim for whole grain or vegetable-based carbohydrates (like sweet potatoes or brown rice) and for healthy fats, like olive oil, avocado and nuts. Watch portion sizes.

How GMC Can Help

Learn more about reading a nutrition label or explore more in GMC’s online Health (e) Library.

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