28 February, 2016    #72

Nutrition Facts Label - Overview

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In last week’s Trax News, I stated that “We are what we eat and what we don’t eat”.  So, how do we know what to avoid and what to select for ourselves and our families? 

 

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it all starts with the NFL!  Not the National Football League, but rather, the Nutrition Facts Label (NFL).  

 

People look at food labels or NFLs for different reasons. But whatever the reason, many of us would like to know how to use this information more effectively and easily to maintain and/or improve our health.

 

The next series of Trax News articles will focus on how to use NFLs to make quick, informed food choices that contribute to a healthy diet while lowering the risks of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

 

Let's start with an Overview of the NFL structure and content:

 

Sample label for Macaroni and Cheese

 

The information in the main or top sections (#1,2,3,4 & 6) of the Nutrition Facts Label (NFL) can vary with each food product.  These sections contain product-specific information:

Serving Size

Calories

Nutrient Information

 
The colored sections on the example NFL are visual aids to focus your attention in those area that will be explained in detail in future Trax News articles.
 
The bottom section (#5) contains a footnote with Daily Values (DVs) for 2,000 and 2,500 calorie diets.  This footnote provides recommended dietary information for important nutrients, including

Fats

Sodium

Fiber.

 

Next week we will focus on the Section #1:

"Serving Size" and Number of Servings in a Package

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Mike Kohut, President, DDMS

 

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