The one thing on the nutrition label you’re probably not paying attention to – but should be.
There are many different important things on a food nutrition label that everyone should be paying attention to, but most people aren’t even looking at the health ratings and food nutritional labeling on the back of the food products they consume. About 5/10 people read the table of contents on the back of food packaging before they buy the product and the other half of people don’t even both looking at the nutritional label before getting the food products they want.
There are many different ingredients, vitamins, minerals and recommendations that are labelled on the back of the food products that we consume and the ingredients,vitamins, minerals and recommendations that are mandatory on a food label are: calories, sugars, fats, carbohydrates, cholesterol, sodium, energy in kilo-joules, vitamin A and C, calcium and iron and the daily recommendations you should be eating of the type of food. So, there is a lot of different things that are on the back of the nutrition label which might make it very confusing for consumers to figure out what is healthy and what is not.
When people are looking at the nutritional label on products what do you think is the first few things they look or on the label to see if it is healthy or not healthy? Everyone who looks at the nutrition labels on their food will look straight for the amount of sugars, hidden sugars, total fat, saturates fat, ingredients used to create the product and sometimes that amount of sodium. The one thing that people are not paying attention to but should be on the nutrition label is the amount of energy per serving and per 100 grams.
The reason why everyone should pay closer attention to the energy on the nutritional label when comparing foods and finding healthier products is simple, when the energy per serving and per 100 grams is lower it typically meant that the sugars, fats and salts are lower. It also makes it easier and quicker to choose which foods are healthier as a consumer would not have to look for any extra hidden products.
Written by Jack Sorrell