Food is food. Why should we read labels? Make smart food choices!
It's almost Halloween. How to make sure not to ruin your diet? Learn about five reasons why you should read food labels and what is most important to you in terms of your diet.
Nowadays, we have a large selection of products on store shelves, but this does not mean that each product (although of the same category) is the same. Recently I was in the store to buy muesli. There were four packages of muesli on the shelf, each from a different manufacturer. I picked up each of them and started reading. Each bag of muesli had different calorie content. The smallest value was 371, and the highest I saw was 483 calories. The difference of 100 calories in 100 grams (0.22 lb) is quite a lot. If you don't want to eat more than your body needs, pay attention to this detail.
I don't always choose products that provide the least amount of calories. The composition also matters. Different ingredients also mean different properties and different amounts of calories. Did I choose, muesli that had the least calories? Yes, but the same muesli also contained twice as many healthy ingredients. Make sure to choose, products rich in a variety of healthy ingredients.
Carbohydrates vs Sugars
Labels are often confusing. I will explain it to you quickly and simply. On the labels, you will find the information - carbohydrate, fiber, and sugars. Carbohydrates are the total amount of sugars in the product (starch, glucose, fiber, etc.) Fiber fills your stomach. You feel full for a long time. The third thing is sugars. The less sugars, the better for your figure. If a product contains 10g or more, it means it is high in sugar.
Total Weight of The Product
As I said before, labels can be confusing. You can read that you have 200 calories in 100 grams of the product, 100 calories in a serving (50 grams), but the total weight of the product is 200 grams. We look at the label, we see 200 calories, and we think ok, it's not that much. But in fact, the product contains 400 calories because we did not include the correction that the product weighs more than 100 grams or a serving.
This is one of the producers' tricks. They divide a food product into a serving because when you look at cookies and see 500 calories, you are terrified, but when you see 50 calories in a portion, then you will reach for it more willingly.