April 7, 2021

 

Kinetiq Health has started a new series called, Better Health in 90, to bring you health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.

This month we’re focusing on nutrition. From diet cleanses to easy breakfast meals, Apex Benefits Jaquie Vail, RD will share expert advice for all your nutrition needs. In this video, she explains the Nutrition Facts label and provides helpful tips on getting the right amount of nutrients.

Read on for more information!

Nutrition Facts Label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandates that food and beverage companies place a Nutrition Facts label somewhere on the product, which is typically seen on the back of the product.

Consumers look at a Nutrition Facts label for many different reasons. Knowing the nutritional value of food can help you make healthier decisions when it comes to serving size, foods you eat occasionally versus often and getting the correct amounts of nutrients.

OVERVIEW

The information in the main or top section of the sample nutrition label (below) can vary with each food and beverage product; it contains product-specific information (serving size, calories and nutrient information). The bottom section contains a footnote that explains the % Daily Value and gives the number of calories used for general nutrition advice.

Here are the parts of the Nutrition Facts label explained:

  • Serving information – Pay attention to the serving size, especially how many servings there are in the food package. All the rest of the information on the label pertains to the serving size, not the servings in the entire container.
  • Calories – Calories are like fuel for the body. They give us the energy to do everything from simply breathing to running sprints. However, excess calories or calories you don’t burn off will be stored in the body as fat, which can lead to weight gain.
  • Nutrients and daily values – This section gives you an idea of how this food fits, from a nutrient standpoint, in a 2,000 calorie diet. Typically, you want to get more of dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium, iron, and potassium. You’ll want to get less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. For men, your goal should be less than 38 grams of added sugar per day. For women, your goal should be less than 25 grams of added sugar per day.

The goal is to get adequate amounts of nutrients to ensure a well-balanced diet. Your favorite sweet treat isn’t off limits, as long as you’re eating it in moderation. Next time you’re in the grocery store, look at the product labels on foods to gain knowledge and make sure you’re working towards a healthy diet.

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Jacquie Vail, RD, CHWC

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