What To Look For In The Nutrition Label
When comparing our options in the grocery store, we look at the ingredient list and ask ourselves a few key questions. How many ingredients do this have? Do I know what these ingredients are? Is sugar one of the first few ingredients? There’s no hard and fast rule, but generally the fewer ingredients, the better. The more easily pronounced ingredients, the better. The farther down sugar occurs on the ingredient list, the better (if it appears at all).
As far as nutritional info, we pay particular attention to how much fat, salt, and sugar it contains. We try to eat whole foods, avoid trans fat, look for "good" fats, and limit salt and added sugar (also called high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, dextrose, or sucrose). Yogurt and pasta sauce are two great examples, where stores carry a wide variety for you to compare labels. You’ll be surprised how many different “recipes” there are for these basic items.
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