Reading labels 101🔥🥦
Time to read: 5 minutes
Have you ever experienced standing in front of the shelves in the supermarket wondering if the food you had your eye on was healthy or not? We all know that high-quality food is more nutritious than low-quality food, but how do you recognize high-quality food? With these tips, you can be sure that you always choose healthy food.
Step 1: Check the amount of energy (kcal) 🔥
Food contains energy. The amount of energy that is in your food is measured in calories (kcal). Every packaging shows how much kcal of energy your product contains per 100 grams. It is advised to eat about 2000 kcal (women) and 2500 kcal (men) per day, depending on your height and build.
Step 2: Check the ingredients list ✅
Not all calories are equally healthy! What's in your food? The food manufacturers are obliged to put all the ingredients on the package. Did you know that the most used ingredient is listed first—then the second most common ingredient, and so on? The more ingredients a product contains, the more processed your food. The more processed your food, the less healthy it is.
Step 3: Check how much salt, sugar, and other unhealthy products have been added 🧂
Watch out for added substances such as sugar and salt. If a lot of sugar and salt is added, the food is unhealthy. Try to eat a maximum of 5 grams of salt per day and as little sugar as possible.
Do you not want to worry about if your food is healthy or not? Just buy food that has no labels or no ingredient list! This means that the food is made of 1 ingredient and is thus not processed.
Do you want to learn more about the ins and outs of nutrition? Then click on this link and create some healthy habits!
Bart & Gijs from NewU Ps. Rules for labels might differ per country. These are the guidelines for labels within Europe. If you are from the Americas, Africa, Asia or Oceania, the regulations might vary slightly.