The Truth About Nutrition Labels

The Truth About Nutrition Labels
29.01.2018

Are you confused about what is most important to look at on your nutrition label?

Let’s face it, there are going to be days where convenience foods are going to slip into our diet. Without blowing our food choices out of the ball park, how do you know which part of the nutrition label is most important to look at? How can you choose between two snacks to find the healthier option?

There is conflicting information out there and it may be confusing so we created a cheat sheet to choosing the healthiest options!

Ingredients

Before looking at the calories, fat, carb and sugar content, it is important to know exactly what you are eating! When you look at the nutrition label of two different granola bars, try to choose the bar with the least amount of ingredients. That is #1 key. Also make sure you can pronounce the ingredients. Your body will most optimally digest whole foods. Any “foreign” substances ingested will most likely be stored as toxins in the body’s fat cells. Whole foods will be used to rebuild cells and keep you functioning as healthily as possible.

Sugar

This white substance is the cause to most health issues. It is as addicting as cocaine and easily hides in foods to make you want more and more. Choose food labels with less than 9 grams of food, optimally, and using more natural sweetness than white table sugar. Some examples are honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup and agave. These sugars have a lower glycemic index and will cause less of a blood sugar spike.

Fat

I think we all understand at this point that all fats are not created equally. So do not be alarmed if your nutrition label says 10 grams of fat! As long as it is the good fats. Trans fats are the type you should avoid at all costs. This type of fat leads to high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and many other illnesses.

Carbs

Just like fats, not all carbs are created equally. Not only that, but they will not always make you gain weight! It is important to choose complex, whole grain carbs over processed carbs. Avoid white flour and choose whole grains like oats or brown rice. The more processed the carb, the quicker your body will digest it and turn it into sugar. If you are going to enjoy a high processed carb, it is best to do so right after an intense bout of exercise where your body will use the sugars to repair and replace what was lost.

Research:

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2012/06/21/ask-the-expert-healthy-fats/#good-fats

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