What are You Eating? – Read the Label


What’s Up? So today I want to talk to you a bit about what you should also be looking for when you are grocery shopping. Specifically speaking about product labels. Get into a habit of reading the labels on food. While they may have
messages such as “Low Fat” or “Reduced Calorie” written all over the front
of the package or can, when you read the label and understand what you
are looking for, you will probably be surprised. Regardless of what the claim
may be, the label may tell another story. The FDA provides these important
guidelines, therefore, should be what you look for. If the message and label
do not jive, move on to a different product.

Things that you should be aware of and actively look for:

Fat-Free Less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving, with no added fat or oil
Low fat 3 grams or less of fat per serving
Less fat 25% or less fat than the comparison food
Saturated Fat Free Less than 0.5 grams of saturated fat and 0.5 grams of trans-fatty acids
per serving
Cholesterol-Free Less than 2 mg cholesterol per serving, and 2 grams or less saturated fat
per serving
Low Cholesterol 20 mg or less cholesterol per serving and 2 grams or less saturated fat
per serving
Reduced Calorie At least 25% fewer calories per serving than the comparison food
Low Calorie 40 calories or less per serving
Extra Lean Less than 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, and 95 mg of
cholesterol per (100 gram) serving of meat, poultry or seafood
Lean Less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 g of saturated fat, and 95 mg of cholesterol
per (100 gram) serving of meat, poultry or seafood
Light (fat) 50% or less of the fat than in the comparison food (ex: 50% less fat than
our regular cheese)
Light (calories) 1/3 fewer calories than the comparison food
High-Fiber 5 grams or more fiber per serving
Sugar-Free Less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving
Sodium-Free or Salt-Free Less than 5 mg of sodium per serving
Low Sodium 140 mg or less per serving
Very Low Sodium 35 mg or less per serving

Reading is fundamental! Have a Great Day!

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About jfitclub11

Proud Father, easy going kind of guy that enjoys life. Personal Trainer, avid fan and MMA enthusiast.

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