As you go about your grocery shopping for foods you now plan to include in your healthy eating plan, it's vital you take a good look at the food label so you know precisely what you're putting into your body.
To do this properly however, you need to know what to look for and this is where many people fall short.
They look at the incorrect items, or just don't know how to read the food label properly in the first place and as such, fail to get the information they really need.
To help you get past that, let's go over three must-read food label tips to know and remember.
These will be most helpful when making your smart food choices...
The Serving Size.
The very first item on the food label you must check and is often overlooked, is the serving size.
People are quick to look at the calorie count and if it fits in with their diet, they're all over eating it.
But, if you don't check the serving size, you could unknowingly be consuming over double - if not triple - the actual serving size listed.
This means all the other numbers you look at on that label need to be doubled or tripled as well.
If you are hoping for body weight management, this is one of the worst mistakes you could make.
The Sugar Content.
The second thing you should check for and make sure is within a good range, is the sugar content.
Most people already realize lower sugar content means better, but make sure you also compare the sugar content with the dietary fiber content.
A food that has 3 grams of sugar and 0 fiber would actually be worse than food with 5 grams of sugar by 4 grams of fiber.
Remember fiber helps to lower blood sugar levels and, in the case of some fruits for instance, the sugar may be high but the fiber content is also high.
If there is no sugar and no fiber, that likely means the food is made from refined ingredients.
While there may be no sugar, this food will break down very quickly into sugar, so often has the same effect on your body.
The Ingredient List.
Finally, also run by the ingredient list quickly.
Are code words used for sugar or unhealthy fats? High fructose corn syrup, maltose, maple syrup, nectar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, and so on? If so, steer clear.
Even if small doses of these types of ingredients are found, it's best to just stay away.
So keep these quick tips in mind as you're reading your food labels.
Get these factors in check and you'll be making smarter choices.
You will find your blood sugar will be more stable and you will lose weight.