Smart Food Shopping Using the Food Nutrition Facts Label

A great tool for your arsenal of weapons to overcome obesity in kids is the Food Nutrition Facts Label found on all packaged food. There are many diet plans that advertise losing several pounds in a matter of weeks or months. There are also diet pills, lotions, body wraps, and surgery available for excess body fat.

However, the best way to lose weight remains in maintaining balanced and nutritious eating habits. This ensures that you will not only have the proper weight but also are healthy and fit. This is where the Food Nutrition Facts Label comes in.

You must develop some smart grocery shopping habits if you’re going to prevent child obesity. One great tool for this is to learn how to read the label on the back of every product package.

The Food Nutrition Facts Label shows how many servings are contained in each food package. It will show you the caloric content along with other nutrients.

Here are some things you should look for when reading the Nutrition Facts Label on the package:

Calories and other nutrients in each serving. One food package may contain two or more servings. The Food Nutrition Facts Label will tell you how many servings are there per package. It will also indicate how many calories and other nutrients there are in every serving. Compare similar products in order to choose the one with the most nutrition and lower calorie count.

Source of calories. Remember that not all food with high calories should be avoided. Calories may come from fats, protein, and carbohydrates. Look at the source of calories in the food product along with the vitamins and minerals. Then decide if it’s going to help you prevent child obesity in your family.

Sugar content. Names of added sugar to watch out for include, but are not limited to: corn sweetener, dextrose, fructose, glucose, honey, lactose, sucrose, and various kinds of syrup. The healthiest way to prevent obesity in kids is to avoid the added sugar found in processed and ready-made food.

Fat content. Bad fat includes saturated and trans fat, and cholesterol. Keep in mind, however, that you can still buy food with unsaturated fat because this is good fat that helps decrease the cholesterol level in the body. You should look at the total fat content of each package and opt for those that contain only 20-35% total fat in order to prevent child obesity.

Fiber. Eating food high in fiber is important. Fiber will make you feel full so you won’t have to eat larger portions at mealtime. It helps move cholesterol out of your body, regulates bowel movement and helps in food digestion.

The Food Nutrition Facts Label also helps you count your daily calories as well as providing information about nutritional content. Everybody has different caloric needs. Gender and age make a difference. But generally you will lose one pound of weight per week if you buy and consume foods that total less than 3,500 calories per week.

Remember that in your effort to lose weight you should avoid a drastic reduction of calorie intake. You need a healthy, balanced diet where losing weight is done gradually while still maintaining body nutrition.

The best way to lose weight and prevent child obesity entails knowing what is in the food that your family eats. Reading the list on the Food Nutrition Facts Label before buying is a good way of ensuring that you are consuming healthy nutrients and avoiding foods that are unhealthy and fattening.

All the best to you and your family,
Ed Guerena