All the calories are same in the food label

All the calories are same in the food label

All the calories are same in the food label

Today Junk foods and processed foods with glossy apperance  make up half of our daily energy intake. They make our lives easier, tummies happier but what about our health?? Sadly, the hidden ingredients in these processed foods are responsible for the influx of diabetes and  obesity inourgeneration. The small piece of information on the processed food i.e the nutritional  label helps us to make wise choices about the food that we eat.  Therefore , while buying each of your junk food turnover and read  the food label , pay attention to the number of calories(mostly empty calories) in your food. Actually we are being tricked to trust the foods that we eat. The first step in reading the food label is your calories,

What do they mean?

Calories are ENERGY that fuel our bodies; more like gasoline fuels our cars. When we talk about the calories in food, one gram of fat contributes 9 kilocalories as against 4 kilocalories contributed by protein and  carbohydrates.

Serving of the food is also important how much energy you get from the calories you consume.

Before you start reading on the Nutrition value in the label look at the serving size and the number of servings in the package. These serving sizes are generally provided in grams, adopted to make it to compare similar foods and to know how much you consume. Needless to say,  tricky processing industry might say one thing, but really mean another.
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For example:

The serving size on the food package influences all the nutrient amounts listed in the label the especially the number of calories. We tend to believe that nutrient amounts listed is for the whole pack especially calories but when we go little deeper would understand it is only for per serving and the pack may contain 4 – 5 servings. Hence pay attention to the serving size, especially the number of serving per pack of your favourite snack or breakfast cereals .

Then question yourself,

 “How much serving you have consumed”?

(e.g., 1 serving, 1/2 serving, or more) 

The calorie section of the label can help you manage your weight  as well (i.e., gain or lose, to maintain) . Many of us consume more calories than we actually need without meeting our  recommended intakes for a essential amount of nutrients

The next important thing we see on the label is the list of ingredients used in the food product. The ingredients in the product always falls in the descending order by weight. As you go down the list, the quantity of ingredients keeps decreasing. Therefore, the product contains more of those ingredients at the beginning than the ones at the end of the list being so, we think the first three ingredients are what you will be largely consuming from that particular food product. Obviously true, but what is the remaining big list ? They are the lengthy list of hard-to-pronounce food additives  along with fats ,sugar in their other forms.

Sugar in the form of maltose , glucose, fructose, corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose or high fructose corn syrup .

Fats in the form of margarine lard,hydrogenated fats, shortening, coconut oil or palm kernel oil.

So the calories we eat shouldn’t be empty calories, need to provide nutrients as well. So always Keep a track of the calorie intake in your daily diet and pave the way for health .

Don’t end up eating more food finally result in your  body to hold on to excess weight.

 

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