You might not think so, but nutrition labels on food packaging can be confusing. There’s a lot to consider when you’re choosing the foods that you’re willing to put into your body and knowing how to read the label will give you a healthy advantage.
This is your Tuesday Trainer – training you to see how the label is structured, where to look for vital information, and how to speed-read it so you optimize your shopping time.
Some corner-cutting tips:
- When reading each “bold” item, you’re looking at the grams – not the percentages.
- When looking at sodium, keep in mind that the MAXIMUM amount of sodium we should consume in a day is around 2300 mg. If you are looking at a can of soup, for example, the can is usually two servings, so you need to double all of the values given on the label for accurate calculations.
- While the label is a good guide to use while determining if you’re going to buy a certain product, I recommend putting more emphasis on the ingredient panel than the information listed on the label.
A key point that I want to make in this article is to go beyond the label and by that I mean, under. Strategically hidden in plain sight on packaging are the ingredients. I look at ingredients before I look at labels. I’m a label pro, so trust me when I tell you – looking at ingredients first will save you time and anguish trying to figure out the label.
If you see any of the following ingredients in the product, put it back!
- High fructose corn syrup
- Corn Syrup
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
None of these ingredients are healthy. They are shortcut ingredients used to enhance flavors of foods without raising the cost of production. Some are fillers, others are enhancers – it’s all just a mess. So if you see these in your ingredient panels, put the product back. Look for an “All Natural” or “Organic” version of it nearby. Don’t just take their word for it, even if it says “All Natural” – there are always loopholes. You have to read, read, read! But if you know how to speed-read the label, you win.
We will expound upon the food label and similar points of focus in future articles but this is succinct enough to get you started, now that you’re geared up and ready for Label-Battle!
Are you looking forward to your Wednesday Weight Manager? This week I am setting you up with a game plan for how you can route your supermarket adventure so you get everything you need, avoid the temptations and don’t fall prey to BOGOs that won’t serve you.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
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Johnny Potrekus, M.Msc is a Master of Metaphysical Science and an accomplished Metaphysician, Speaker, Author, Law of Attraction Expert and Health & Wellness Coach. He has the “gift of ignition” – an innate ability to spark the internal fires and personal passions in just about every person he works with. Whether it is through a motivational speech, corporate pep talk, or the keynote at your next corporate function – Johnny Potrekus is just the spark you need to ignite a raging fire throughout your organization! TeamJohnny, Inc. is based in North Palm Beach, Florida. He can be reached by emailing Johnny@goteamjohnny.com, or through his website, www.goteamjohnny.com
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