Looking at – and understanding – food labels is no easy feat. Society teaches us to look at things like calories and fat, but what about everything else? What do all the numbers mean? Which numbers are most important? It’s confusing! We suggest starting with the following tips:
- Look at the number of servings in a container. If you’re eating more than one serving, make sure to increase the nutritional information according.
- Look at the list of ingredients. Less is more.
- Look at the sugar content, even on items that you wouldn’t think of as sweet, like pasta sauce for example. Is there added sugar? (Chances are, the answer is yes!) Aim for items with 5 grams or less of added sugar.
- Look at saturated fat. That’s the bad kind. Don’t be afraid of healthy fats like avocado and almonds. The right kind of fat is an important nutrient that is good to incorporate daily – just don’t eat too much of it.
- Look at carbohydrates. As a point of reference, 25 grams is considered a single serving.
If you really want to learn how to dissect your food labels in greater detail, a Health Coach can teach you how to do that. But for now, just remember: not all calories are considered equal and just because you see a low fat count on something, don’t automatically assume that means it’s good for you.
Eat healthy. Be happy.
Diana Bisso, founder of The Cleansing Project, is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Senior Bikram Yoga teacher and Certified Pilates instructor. Having spent nearly 15 years focusing on health and wellness, Diana is passionate about helping others align themselves to receive the fullest possible experience of life. Keep in touch with The Cleansing Project on Facebook, Twitter, Blog and monthly newsletter.