How to Decode Food Labels Like a Pro

There a few things you should pay attention to when browsing a food label to see if what you’re eating is healthy. Before you do anything check out that ingredient list. As a general rule if the list is filled with hard to pronounce words you don’t recognize, chances are that food is highly processed.

When looking at the nutrition facts there are some things to remember. First make sure that the serving size for the information is a portion that is acceptable to you to reduce chances of overeating. Second check out fats, proteins, carbohydrates and fiber. For the most part looking at these will tell you whether the calories come from good or bad sources.

Fiber is a good carbohydrate that can’t be digested and because of this actually improves your digestion by helping other foods along. Its counterpart sugar is a not so good carbohydrate that should be limited to about 20 grams per day of added sugar. Protein is always good and great source of usable energy, does not cause you to feel sluggish and is an important building block of our bodies.

Many people get caught on fats and the simple break down is there are healthy fats, unsaturated fats and unhealthy fats, saturated fats. You of course do not want a food that contains any trans fats, and you want an optimal balance between saturated fats and unsaturated fats. Lastly watch out for sodium. It’s often forgotten about but it can cause uncomfortable bloating and high amounts over the long term can cause high blood pressure and other heart risks.