Health

This is how you REALLY should read a nutrition label

You turn over the container of what looks like an amazingly nutritious batch of hummus (as it has images of flowers and says organic), only to discover the list of ingredients are longer than your toddler’s whinging and the nutritional label is more complex than your 4 year old’s homework.

Personal trainer and fitness coach Max Weber states on his popular Instagram that the key to reading and really understanding a nutritional label and it’s oodles of information is actually pretty simple and narrows it down to 4 key points!

Keep reading to divulge the information on your next jar of peanut butter!

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The 4 things to look for

1. Servings

The first thing to look at is ‘servings per container’,’number of servings’ and ‘serving size’ are all very different measurements. Max states “this is important to keep in mind so that you don’t end up eating the whole container that has 5 servings while only tracking one serving.”

2. Calories

Don’t get fooled in this section! When it says calories at the top of the label this is the calories PER SERVE not PER CONTAINER; “unless there is only one serving per container,” Max states.

3. Macronutrients

If you need to whip out your calculator on your phone, so be it! Calculating the calories of each macronutrient such as protein, carbohydrates and fats allows you to understand the overall calories.

From the breakdown below, Max states that the macronutrients are “listed in grams on the food label (per serving) and will add up to the number of calories listed above.”

macronutrients

4. Other factors

Consider the sugar, fibre, vitamins, minerals and the different types of fats on the label to know what exactly you are going to be consuming.

“We ideally want to avoid trans fats, incorporate 25-35g of fibre per day, limit processed sugar and eat nutrient (vitamin and mineral) dense foods,” Max states.

Hmmm, intersting!

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Katie Fowler

Katie is a yoga loving writer from Sydney's northern beaches. With a flair for healthy baking you can find her scouring Instagram for the latest take on raw brownies and trolling Pinterest for interior design inspiration!

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