Using food labels to make smarter diet choices

Using food labels is a great way to know exactly what nutrients are in the food you are cooking from home.
Using food labels is a great way to know exactly what nutrients are in the food you are cooking from home.

Eating healthier and making the most out of your pure green coffee extract usually starts before you fire up the stove. When it comes to weight loss help, getting to an ideal weight begins when you are combing the aisles of your local grocery store.

Most of us know that better weight management begins with a healthy diet and physical activity, and that means knowing how many calories are in your meals, even when you are cooking from home. One of the best tools to figure this out is food labels.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires most food items manufactured and sold in the U.S. to have accurate labeling that shows exactly what is in your food - from calories to nutrients to ingredients. This can help you make better food decisions and work toward to a better and more balanced lifestyle.

However, if you are just getting started in your weight loss plan and have never read a food label before, the process can be a bit challenging. Here are some excellent tips to help you better choose what should and shouldn't go into your grocery chart.

Serving size and calories
At the top of a nutritional label, you will see that there is a spot for serving size and servings per container. Keep in mind that the calorie count is for a single serving, not the entire box, bag or jar. The label will also indicate how many calories from fat are in each serving, which can give you an idea of how healthy your groceries are in terms of fat content.

Nutrients and percentage
Next, you will see a list of nutrients, beginning with total fat grams and the percent daily value while working down to cholesterol and sodium. According to the American Heart Association, for a healthy diet, you need to limit your total fat to no more than 56 to 78 grams of fat per day. This includes no more than 16 grams of saturated fat, less than 2 grams of trans fat and less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol. If a panel says that a nutrient is "0 grams" that means that there is 0.5 grams or less of that particular nutrient per serving.

Focus on the lower half of the nutrition label
The nutrients listed on the lower half of your nutritional label are typically much healthier for you, so you want to make sure that you are getting the percent daily value of these as much as possible. Look for products that are high in fiber, vitamins, calcium and other nutrients to make sure that your green coffee diet is working successfully.

Remember: everyone is different
The USDA food labels are based off of a diet that consists of 2,000 calories per day, so depending on your age, gender, medical history and whether not you are trying to lose weight, these percentages and numbers may have to be lower. The AHA explained that for the most part a serving that is 40 calories or less is low, a serving of 100 calories is considered moderate and a serving or 400 calories or more is considered high.

Natural ProcessTM knows that eating right is a huge part of staying healthy and maintaining a proper weight. Complement your diet with one of our natural supplements to get the most out of the nutrients you're putting in!

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David Johnson

+David Johnson is a true health enthusiast and is someone who is passionate about educating others on weight loss, fitness and healthy eating. He believes that with proper exercise, healthy eating and natural supplements you can avoid 70% of illnesses and also improve confidence and self esteem. "Everyone needs to find their balance in life and be able to enjoy everything life has to offer, including great food, and maintain a healthy lifestyle".