Monday, October 8, 2012
Nutritonal Labels....To read, or not to read? And how?
Why are nutritional labels important?
The Journal of Agricultural Economics says that people who read the nutritional labels tend to be slimmer than those who do not, especially among women.
It is important to understand what is really in your food and what you are really eating and feeding to your family.
Not enough people are paying attention to the nutritional information on their food labels. According to a study conducted by the University of Minnesota's Health Sciences Department published in the Journal of American Diabetic Association 1/3 of people they always read the calorie counts on the label but in reality only 9% really do. And only 1% read the other components listed on the label that follow the calorie count (fats, sugars, serving size, carbohydrates, ect.).
Why read the nutritional labels?
All of this information can be very overwhelming but when taught how to read and understand what the information means, it can be a strong factor of change in your health.
If you have specific health concerns like allergies, high blood pressure, diabetes and other health issues, there are specific parts of the nutritional labels that will help you to find what your body needs or does not need more or less of.
How to read a nutritional label?