How To Read a Nutrition Label
By Laura Dolson, About.com Guide
Updated February 28, 2011
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Nutrition labels are an important source of information about some of the food we eat, but it should also be pointed out that many, if not most, of the best choices for our grocery carts have no labels at all. This is because most whole food (some might say "real food") doesn't come with a label. I'm talking about the vegetables, meats, fruits, and other fresh foods that have all of their nutrients intact, and are usually low in sugars and starches. Of course, there are whole foods with labels (like nuts and frozen vegetables), and those that will tend to shoot blood glucose up (like potatoes and mangoes). But for the most part, staying away from packaged foods is a good guide to healthier choices.
That said, there is a lot of information on nutrition labels to help us understand the food we eat -- and there are also parts of the label which can be confusing. So let's start to understand how to read nutrition labels, with special attention to help those of us eating reduced-carbohydrate diets.