People always tell us that we are what we eat. But what if the food product that we bought doesn’t come with information on the nutrients and calories or any other substance that it contains? Good thing many of the food products today are required by law to have nutrition facts in their labels. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have a clue as to what we’re eating. Here are some of the reasons why it is very important to read the nutrition facts on the label of food products that we buy.
Helps You with Your Weight Loss Goals
If you’ve ever been in the aisle of a supermarket before and you’ve seen someone reading something from the label of a canned food, chances are he or she is looking at the calories per serving information on the label. Weight watchers and those wanting to lose weight typically want to know if the food product they are buying meets their calorie requirements. As you may have already known, you’ve got to lower your calorie consumption if you want to lose weight. Alternatively, you can still go for the usual number of calories, but you’ve got to bump up your calorie expenditure. And since it is a lot easier to lower calorie consumption, this is a very important information in food product labels that you would also want to know.
Allows You to Make Important Decisions Related to Your Health
The nutrition facts on food product labels will give you an idea of the proportion of macronutrients per serving, specifically carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, you’d definitely want to check out the carbohydrate content of the food product. If you have a heart condition, checking the fat content is a must. If you’re into bodybuilding, the protein content is worth checking out. And if you have problems with your digestive tract you may also want to consider looking at the fibre content of the food product you’re buying. These macronutrients give you an idea of what you’re putting into your body. At least, you get to decide whether to put them there or not.
Lets You Know which Ingredients You Need to Avoid
Akin to the second point we mentioned above, reading the nutrition facts on the labels of food products can help you avoid such products altogether. For instance, if you have a problem in your blood vessels where fatty plaques have begun sticking in the inside surface of your blood vessels you may want to avoid food products with saturated fats and trans fats. These can only make your blood vessel condition a lot worse. The same is true with sodium. If there is way too much sodium in the food product, this may increase your high blood pressure even further simply because too much sodium can increase the amount of water being reabsorbed by your kidneys. This increases the volume of blood which can also increase blood pressure.
You’ll Know How Much of the Food Product You Need to Consume
Nutrition facts always include a serving size, including the Per Cent Daily Values upon which the nutrition facts are computed against. For example, you may read on the label a serving size of 1 slice with 6 servings in 1 pack. Under the individual nutrient facts you may read 20% total fat. This 20% is for a single serving size of 1 slice. If you consume the whole pack, which is made up of 6 slices, then you are actually getting 120% of your daily fat requirement. Now, this computation is based on a 2000-calorie per day diet. If your daily calorie requirement is 3000, then you may need to adjust the nutrient composition as well. The bottom line is that you’ll have a much better understanding of just how much of the food product you can consume.
Reading the nutrition facts on the labels of food products that we buy can help us make more sensible food choices related to our goal of losing weight and improving cardiac health and overall well-being. It empowers us to take full control of our lives especially when it comes to ensuring we get only the best possible nutrients that our bodies need.