Reading Labels by Margaret Older, Lac
What are you looking for on a label? They have so much information, lets break it down further.
1. Read the list of ingredients. Do you know what they all are? If there is something that you have to look up to know what it is and then you are still not sure, don’t eat it.
2. Look for the amounts of sugar and salt or sodium as well as fiber and fat.
The Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) of sodium for an average healthy adult is 2300 mg which is the equivalent of 1 teaspoon.
Sugar may hide under many aliases: maltose, dextrose, fructose, honey, molasses and more. There is no RDA for sugar but about 6 teaspoons per day for an adult woman and 8 for an adult man
Fiber is beneficial to the whole digestive system as well as the heart. You should eat 20- 35 grams per day for optimal health benefits.
Fat comes in many forms. Unsaturated are the healthier fats. Avoid trans-fats and saturated fats, they raise “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and may lower “good” (HDL) which is bad for your heart.