Nutrition Facts

Trainers Tip: Understanding nutrition facts and reading labels.  Often times I get asked about different food items, if they are “good or bad for you” first question I had is send me a picture of the nutrition facts. The couple things you need to look for when you’re reading labels calories, fat, carbs and sugars. […]

Trainers Tip: Understanding nutrition facts and reading labels. 

Nutrition FactsOften times I get asked about different food items, if they are “good or bad for you” first question I had is send me a picture of the nutrition facts. The couple things you need to look for when you’re reading labels calories, fat, carbs and sugars.

More importantly something that is always missed is the serving size, and example a bottled beverage. Typically the assumption is one bottle per serving but in most cases the label says One bottle is 2+ servings.

From first glance One would assume this drink is only 5 cal however it’s 5 cal per 8 fluid ounce. The total bottle is 16.9 fluid ounces which means you have to double all the numbers. So rule of thumb when reading labels look at the serving size FIRST then calculate the total Calories, Fat, Carbs and Sugar. Additionally for those who have high blood pressure look for the sodium numbers as well.

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