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We all look at food nutrition labels to see how many calories are in that bag of chips, but what do all those other numbers and percents really mean? Well now is the time for this confusion about nutrition facts to finally be a thing of the past. Introducing: Food Labels 101.
We will start at the very top where it addresses the serving size and and number of servings per bag. Make sure you keep this in mind when reading the rest of the label.
The % DV section tells you the percent of each nutrient in a single serving, in terms of the daily recommended amount. As a guide, if you want to consume less of a nutrient (such as saturated fat, cholesterol or sodium), choose foods with a lower % DV — 5 percent or less is low. If you want to consume more of a nutrient (such as fiber), seek foods with a higher % DV — 20 percent or more is high.
Remember that the information shown in these panels is based on 2,000 calories a day. You may need to consume less or more than 2,000 calories depending upon your age, gender, activity level, and whether you’re trying to lose, gain or maintain your weight. Find out your personal daily limits on My Fats Translator.