There it is on the side of your chip bag, your beverage bottle, or your supplement container: the Nutrition Facts label. But how often are you referencing it?
What does it tell you? Does this information even matter?
Don’t worry – you’re not alone in your confusion. According to the NPD Group, less than 50% of US consumers even consider looking at the label anymore. You could continue life being nutrition-label illiterate, or you could be the winner of your group’s weight-loss challenge. Let’s decipher that label!
The 2000-calorie benchmark
All Nutrition Facts labels in the U.S. are based on a 2000-calorie (per day) diet in order to standardize the information. This standard helps you better compare the nutritional values of different products.
Making the nutrition facts personal
Your goal daily caloric intake may not be 2000 calories a day, but you can still use these numbers to your advantage. Be sure to determine what amount to multiply the Nutrition Facts numbers by in order to personalize the information.
1.) Start at the top
One serving doesn’t necessarily mean one package.
Often times, packages of food are broken down into serving sizes, like 1 bar, 12 fluid ounces, or 1 tablespoon.
2.) Check out the calories
Deciphering the % Daily Value
These values are there to help you understand how these nutrients fit into the total daily diet of a 2000-calorie diet.
As long as the serving sizes are similar, these percentages can be a great tool in comparing the nutrient content of different products and how they fit into your daily diet.
- 5% or less is considered a Low % Daily Value
- 20% or more is considered a High % Daily Value
3.) Look at the nutrients you want to limit
Look for Low (5% or less) % Daily Values of these nutrients.
Fast facts about fats
You want to limit your fat intake. However, not all fats are unhealthy.
- Unhealthy: Saturated Fat
- Don’t avoid it; focus on moderation
- Healthy: Monounsaturated Fat, Polyunsaturated Fat
- Avoid: Trans Fat
4.) Eye the nutrients to get enough
Look for High (20% or more) % Daily Values of these nutrients.
Online purchases: We keep you informed
You can consider nutritional information with Nutrilite products even when you’re shopping online. To see a product’s Nutrition Facts, follow these steps:
- Go to the product’s page
- Click on the “More” tab and select “Resources”
- Click on the link that has “Supplement Label” in its name
Understanding the Nutrition Facts label empowers you to make better nutrition decisions. With your tool kit of resources, feel confident in your efforts of achieving your optimal health.