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Get more nutrients into your diet with the crash course in nutrition provided by these videos.
You Will Need
- Some math skills
Look at serving size
Look at the serving size; all numbers on a nutrition label refer to a single serving. You might discover that what you consider a light snack is actually meant to feed four!
Weigh the calories
Look at the line marked "calories." Limit foods whose "calories from fat" make up more than a third of the total.
Chew over the fat
Check out the "Total Fat" section. It tells you the number of fat grams in a serving, plus the breakdown of the kinds of fat. Avoid foods that contain trans fats and whose "percent daily value" of saturated fats is higher than 20 percent.
Check your cholesterol
Check the cholesterol number. Steer clear of a 'percent daily value' higher than 20.
Watch your sodium
Take stock of the sodium number. The average American ingests 3,500 milligrams of sodium per day – 1,100 more than the recommended limit, putting them at risk of developing high blood pressure. And 75 percent of that sodium comes from processed foods.
Don't sugarcoat it
Look at the sugar content. Aim for foods that have less than 5 grams of sugar per serving.
Scan the ingredients list
Scan the list of ingredients. Foods are listed in order of quantity, so those first couple of items should be basic staples and whole foods. Look for a short list, not a laundry list of chemicals you can neither identify nor pronounce, which indicates a highly processed food.
Look for the good stuff
Look for the good stuff – at least two grams of fiber per serving and respectable percentages (20 percent or more) of vitamins and minerals.