Read The Food Labels And Know What You Are Eating

 

Decoding the nutrition label

Reading food labels and interpreting all the on-pack information can be a daunting task. Here are some pointers to help you read and interpret the information on food labels.

 

Importance of reading a food label

Importance of reading a food label

  • Identifying the nutrients present in the food, drink or dietary supplement
  • Knowing the amount of trans fat, fibre or sugar content present
  • Comparing foods and deciding which is a better choice for you
  • Examining foods for allergens or ingredients that you should avoid
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It tells you the amount of food that is counted as a serving and how big the servings are in the package. It may be indicated by cups, pieces or grams.

Energy or calories come from carbohydrates, protein and fats present in the food.

This helps you understand whether a food is high or low in specific nutrients with respect to the Guideline for daily amounts to be consumed respectively.

Limit sugar, fat, trans fat and sodium consumption, as excess of these are not recommended.

You need to get sufficient amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals and fibre in your diet to stay healthy.

Nestlé Nutrition Compass

To help you make informed choices about your diet and enjoy a healthier and balanced life, Nestlé has developed an on-pack tool called the Nestlé Nutritional Compass, which encourages you to make wise choices regarding a balanced diet. The Nestlé Nutritional Compass was launched in 2005 and was the first worldwide nutrition labelling initiative from any food company.