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What is written on nutrition labels?

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If you buy food from the supermarket or a local food store, you will find a lot of information on the product on the packaging. Such information is what the nutrition labels are all about. For instance, you will find yogurt having the following information:

Quantity

One of the surest things you will find on the nutrition labels is the quantity of the ingredients in it. If there is milk for instant, it will be indicated together with the numerical value of how much milk has been used to make the yogurt.

Nutrients

The other thing that you will find in the nutrition labels is the individual nutrients. These are calories, carbs, proteins, vitamins and mineral salts. These are assigned some values. If you are looking at the yogurt’s calorific value, it could for instance be indicated as 150 calories. This means that eating the whole yogurt will supply you with equivalent of energy, which can also be expressed in terms of k/cal.

Daily value

This is expressed in terms of percentage and is usually that particular nutrient gives you against the total value of the same nutrient. The aim is to ensure that you get as close as possible to the daily limit in terms of the nutrients. This is usually given of comparison with the recommended daily allowance.

Total value

When it comes to the nutrition labels, you will find that each of the constituent nutrients in a food is part of larger diet. As such, you will find that fat for instance is not given as fat alone, but what is contained in it too. Looking keenly on the nutrition labels for instance, you will find that under the fat, there is polysaccharide, monosaccharide and so on. You will therefore be given each as part of the total value of fat.

 

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