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Poll on Food Labels

What Do You Look at First When Reading a Food Label?

We all have different food needs. So when it comes to label reading, someone trying to lose weight may first look at the calorie amount, while someone training for a marathon may look at how much protein a product contains. What about you?

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oogg66 oogg66 8 years
It really depends on who I'm buying it for and why. Calories are a starting point, but if I'm looking for something for my kids I might check the sugar and sodium content, then look at what nutrients it contains. If it's for myself, I'll focus on protein, fat, and fiber. I seldom look at specific ingredients, which is probably a bad thing.
kh61582 kh61582 8 years
I rarely look but when I do I look at iron first and then protein. I'm not the healthiest eater so I have to watch out for those things to try and get enough.
digibron digibron 8 years
The top two things I look at are kilojoules and fibre (if applicable). If I look at anything else it would probably be protein.
spacebear spacebear 8 years
serving size then calories. some serving sizes make me sad.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
carbs. calories. fibre. fat. protein.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
calories are the first thing that i look at when i'm reading a label and then it's the fat content.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
ingredients first, calories last. the calorie count doesn't mean much. i mean, a can of soda has fewer calories than a chicken breast...
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
Calories, serving size, fat, protein
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I think organic foods will fall by the wayside as we go through this recession/depression. It's just too expensive.
MaggieLei MaggieLei 8 years
Ingredients- they tell you what you're eating better than anything else .Next I go to protein. I am so pregnant!
blackdresses88 blackdresses88 8 years
Everyone seems to be in general consensus about calories first (which I, of course, agree with). I never really check the ingredients too much, which I suppose I should start doing. I just know that "pure" foods/organic foods are much more expensive and as a college student, I can't afford to spend that much on food. So I know a lot of times when I buy my food, they don't have the best ingredients ;) But after calories, I check fiber, since that is the one thing I'm obsessive about. Then protein. Then fat. Then sugar. etc etc
green-socks green-socks 8 years
I, like many others mentioned, also do the calories, serving size check first. Then, depending on the food I will check for protein, sugars, or fiber next.
dd-sugar dd-sugar 8 years
Protein. I rarely buy processed food but if it's reasonably priced and good quality like Kashi, I'll consider it. I'm not a big eater so can use the calories.
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I check the fiber and sodium first of all, but I also check out calcium on my dairy as my family as a history of osteoporosis. I will look at the ingredients list too, I try and minimize the amount of numbers I eat. I always compare per 100g though not per serving size as these can differ from product to product. Especially with cereal.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
1. sugar, if there's to too much sugar I usually will stop desipe the number of calories. Also not artifical sweatener, yuck! 2. sodium 3. calories per a container not just a serving, in case I go over board.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
first thing i look at is the ingredients. i'm into whole grains, so i make sure that it is actually whole grain. then i look at serving size relative to calories, then protein and sodium.
brick164 brick164 8 years
the serving size
istoria istoria 8 years
I look for serving size. I used to get excited when I saw that something was only 100 calories before I realized that it was usually for like one chip.
FionaF FionaF 8 years
1. Carbs 2. Sugar 3. Fiber 4. Ingredients (nitrates, starches, hidden forms of sugar)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Calores first but I always look at everything.
Airplane Airplane 8 years
calories then protein because i'm a vegetarian
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I generally check the calorie count first, then I check, in order: ingredients, trans fats/saturated fat, sugar, fiber, protein, sodium. Most of what I eat doesn't come in a package with a label, though, which is probably more what we're supposed to be eating :)
anna_muffin anna_muffin 8 years
Ingredients, then trans-fats, then the rest of it.
sleepypie sleepypie 8 years
I'll usually look at the sugar, fat, & sometimes the sodium content first, then ingredients. If a product claims to be organic though, I'll read the ingredients first.
karina2244 karina2244 8 years
I look at calories first, then serving size and then make sure it's not loaded w/ saturated fat!
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