Friday, November 28, 2014

UNDERSTANDING FAT INFORMATION ON NUTRITION LABELS

Understanding fat in the diet is important. Yes, your body does need fat. There are healthy fats such as monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats and unhealthy fats such as trans fats and saturated fats. When you read the nutrition label on a food product it will list total fat. This number includes both the healthy and unhealthy fats. What is more important to you is what is listed under that number. There will be a breakdown of the unhealthy fats. Total the unhealthy fats number to decided where this product will fit into your diet. The lower the unhealthy fats number, the better the product is for you.

As you can see in this example almost half of the fat grams are unhealthy fats. Not a good choice. By the way, if you look on down you will see this item has only 1 gram of sugar per serving. I have no idea what this product label is for but it is a perfect example of a food product where they remove sugar and add fats for flavor. Always be aware of the fat grams on sugar-free or low-sugar products.

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