Today I have an awesome guest post for you on How To Read The New Nutrition Facts Label by Kelli from Hungry Hobby so listen up and give her some love friends!
Hello! I’m Kelli Shallal an Arizona based Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer and blogger behind Hungry Hobby, a healthy living blog featuring healthy recipes, quick workouts and a ton of sweaty photos of me and my energetic Rhodesian Ridgeback, Nala.
I discovered Skinny Fitalicious a few months ago and I was immediately hooked on Megan’s delicious recipes, amazing story, and enthusiasm for nutrition and health. As another Arizona based blogger it’s been fun getting to know her and having a blogger friend in the same state! I’m super excited Megan asked me to be here today and share a few nutrition tips with all of you!
On May 20th 2016 the FDA passed its proposed rule updating the nutrition facts label so when Megan mentioned a post about label reading I knew it would be the perfect topic!
What To Look For On A Food Label
Read The Ingredients
When I work with my one on one nutrition clients I always coach them to read the ingredients before even looking at the nutrition facts. If there are a bunch of ingredients you have never heard of or you don’t recognize as food like maltodextrin, nitrates, suphites and sorbites you know to look for something else.
The name of the game is to eat as much real food as possible and limit preservatives and chemicals. (For more tips see this post I wrote on How To Eat More Real Food. ) If the ingredients pass your eat real food test then it’s time to move onto the nutrition facts panel.
In the upcoming months you will notice a few changes to the nutrition facts label so let’s take a look at the old versus the new label.
Overall the new label is more user friendly and highlights many things the consumer wants to know about the nutritional value of the food. Let’s take a deeper look at the new changes and how you can use it to help you make the best choices for you!