Food is the main source of energy for the functioning of our body and our food choices affect our health. Good nutrition is essential to lead a healthy lifestyle. It helps us to maintain healthy body weight, reduce the risk of lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension, obesity and heart diseases and to promote our wellbeing.
While we understand the role of food in our health, owing to our busy schedule, we spend less time for cooking.
Our lack of time results in us purchasing instant and ready to eat foods. Often, in a hurry, we fail to check the food labels which in turn can impact our health. These labels provide nutritional information that helps us to know the serving size, calories, total fat, sodium, sugar, fiber and other vital nutrients. Most food items do have food labels attached to them.
Often, most of these quick foods are high in sodium, sugars, low in fiber and other nutrients. Consuming them may lead to various lifestyle diseases and reading of food labels helps us to make better food choices. It also gives us information on the presence of allergens like gluten, lactose, soy, egg, and nuts and helps us to avoid any food intolerance or allergic reactions.
Things to keep in mind while reading the Nutrition facts label:
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