Label Reading Has Benefits
Do you read labels? I’ll bet a lot of you do. At least, some of the time. There’s a fair share of us who read the entire label every time. But most of us are interested enough in the ingredients list and nutritional values to read labels now and then. Sometimes we’ll make a comparison of two similar products and purchase the one with the best label information.
The FDA has requirements about what information is printed on the labels of foods sold in the United States. The minimum information includes ingredients, nutritional value, expiration dates and distributor contact info. The nutritional values are beneficial for tracking calories, fat grams, protein and sodium intakes.
You can use the label information when selecting the best food option for your family. This is vitally important if you have a member who needs to closely monitor certain food values for health reasons. It’s handy when you are just trying to make good choices in your diet.
Alternative to No Labels
What happens when you prepare a recipe or create a meal using raw ingredients or bulk packages that don’t lend themselves to easy labeling? The answer: www.nutritiondata.com .
This site has several tools that are easy to use and will help you define the values for foods and recipes you make. I use it to obtain the approximate nutritional values on recipes posted on Apron Free Cooking. The neat thing about this site’s program, is that it allows you to enter recipes and analyze the ingredients for nutritional values. You can track menus, daily food intake, get recipes, and read the latest in health research.
Easy to Use
The format is simple to use. First time visitors who are planning to utilize the nutrition analyzing tool will need to build a profile. This takes just a few minutes and requires basic information. Once you have a profile built, you can begin building a database of foods or recipes.
After a recipe is analyzed, you will have the standard Nutritional Value label available to print if you like. An example:
I have used the information to include estimated nutrition information about the recipes I post. They are estimates simply because the brand of canned green bean will cause variations in nutrition content. For example, if you compared two cans of green beans, they may have different amounts of salt or potassium due to the recipe the manufacturer uses. Therefore, I can’t say exactly what results you will have when you follow one of my recipes. Since I don’t always buy the same brand of foods, I don’t even have the exact same nutrition results time after time. What I do have is a pretty close approximation.
I like this site www.NutritionData.com so well, I recommend it to anybody who wants to evaluate their foods, compare products, analyze restaurant meals or just learn more about what they are eating. I’ve added a quick search tool to the left margin of my site to help make it easy to find food values.