Do you ever look at a nutrition label but don't really know what to do with the numbers there? This is something were going over in my Eat Well, Be Well program, so I thought I’d give you all a peek to help you learn how to read a nutrition label and make healthy food choices!
Percent of Daily Value is the percentage value all the way on the right of the label and tells you how much of your daily intake that food item contains. So if it says 20% calcium, that item contains 20% of the calcium you should consume in a day.
The trick is, these are always based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so they may not be accurate for you're daily caloric intake goals. For help figuring out your personalized caloric intake, click here
But you can use this number to help you determine if a food is high or low in certain nutrients.
If an item has 5% or less daily value, it is considered low in that nutrient.
If an item has 20% or more daily value, it is considered high in that nutrient.
Choose foods that are low in:
- added sugar
- trans fat
- saturated fat
Choose foods that are high in:
if you know your caloric intake goal and want help choosing nutrient-dense foods to eat, check out my meal plans!
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What’s your biggest hang up when it comes to reading nutrition labels? Let me know in the comments!