Reading Nutrition Facts Labels is a good way to educate yourself about what you are eating.
At the top of the Nutrition Facts box – is the serving size followed by calories per serving.
Take a look to see if you are getting one or two servings because you will be getting twice the calories if that bag of chips or candy is actually two servings. Remember calories are a measure of how much energy comes from fat, carbs, and protein of one serving.
The breakdown of how much fat, carbs and protein is the next section. The next section tells you about the vitamins and mineral content. If that section is has 0% then the food has little or no nutrition value.
Next time you are in the store, take a look at the nutrition facts of a candy bar- that is an example of empty calories.
This message for Healthy Living is brought to you by the Warm Springs Diabetes Program.