How to Read a Food Label

How to Read the Ingredient List

Manufacturers are required to list the ingredients contained in products in descending order by weight. For example, a jar of tomato sauce will contain "tomatoes" as the first ingredient, as they are the main ingredient in that particular product. The last ingredient listed is contained in the least amount. This list can be especially important for those who have certain allergies.
The ingredient list is also helpful for spotting things you want to avoid, such as hydrogenated oils. The opposite is also true; you can use the list to find healthy ingredients, such as canola oil and whole grains.

Using Food Labels to Lose Weight

Although trying to decipher food labels can be time consuming, learning how to read these can help you make more informed choices about your food products. Learning how to use and compare food labels can help you lose weight and maintain that weight loss. It can also be useful in helping to control certain health issues, such as diabetes and high cholesterol.
When using food labels to lose weight, look for products that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium. It's also important to find foods that have plenty of potassium, fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron.
Don't be fooled by certain terms on the front of packages, such as "natural," "sugar-free," and "no additives." Many of these terms aren't necessarily regulated, so it's important to look at the label on the back to see what exactly is in the product you are buying. Once you make it a habit to check the food label, the lingo will become easy to understand, helping you to make healthy food choices, lose some of those extra pounds, and maintain a healthy weight.
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