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What's Important on Nutrition Labels?

What's the First Thing You Read on Nutrition Labels?

I'm big into reading labels, and although all the information, including serving size, calories, saturated fat, and protein, is important to take into consideration when choosing foods, lately I've been looking at the list of ingredients first. What about you?

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
I read ingredients first because regardless of calories, fat, sugars, carbs, etc I must make sure the ingredients are healthy... I must make sure that there is no hydrogenated oils, added sugars, and other unhealthy ingredients that I would NEVER allow in my body!
dania_r dania_r 7 years
I look for Calories and Serving size...
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Ingredients is the main one. I can tell whether or not I can eat it (if it's vegetarian) and whether or not I want to eat it. Without looking at the actual numbers, I can pretty much tell what it looks like just looking at the ingredients. I try to avoid everything with oils (especially hydrogenated and palm), sugar as one of the main ingredients, enriched flour, MSG, corn syrups, and ingredients I can't pronounce. It doesn't matter how many calories is in a serving if it's just pure junk.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Generally, calories, then fat calories. If it passes that initial screening, I would look at the the nutritional profile, then the ingredients. However, there are natural foods I would accept that have high fat calories such as avocados, fatty fish, nuts, etc. That's good fat, though. I eat that stuff on a daily basis, and have excellent blood work results.
Mouzzer Mouzzer 7 years
1. Ingredients, I'm vegetarian so I do not want any animal by-products and I avoid icky preservatives and hydrogenated oils. 2. Sugar. 3. Where the product originates. I am eco conscious and rather purchase things with the gentlest carbon footprint. 3. TYPE of sodium. Naturally occurring is alright as is a bit of sea salt or kelp or something.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Most of what I eat doesn't have labels--fruits, veggies, eggs, etc. If it does have a label, it's definitely something that I'm eating only small amounts of. I check calories first, then protein, then ingredients.
rebelkate rebelkate 7 years
I look at sugars first then the list of ingredients then calories per serving. Avoiding sugar (and fake sugar) and empty carbs is number one in the way I eat. Number two is trying to eat whole foods and "feed" my body. I can't say I succeed every day but I try.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I look at everything, but I start with calories. Ingredients is important to me too.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
First serving size but I look at everything.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
In order: calories, serving size, ingredients
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
My order: Ingredients, serving size, calories, salt, sugar. I don't care about the macro-nutrients (carbs, proteins, fats) because that is taken care of by my regular diet. I'm veg, so I don't care about fiber (really, we get enough), and I figure so long as my blood is pumping, I'll excrete the cholesterol. I guess no one cares about vitamin percentage, but I only read that for multi-vitamins, and it's optional, as I recall, so it's usually added to sell the product.
benheld benheld 7 years
I look at the number of servings per container, then the calories. You'd be surprised how small chip and pretzel packages have 8 servings in them!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
I generally eat fruits and veggies, but when i do cook with pastas and such I look at the calories first, serving size, sodium and HFCS.
divinedebris divinedebris 7 years
I check for high fructose corn syrup because it's in everything these days and I don't want it in my body. And then I check calories to serving size.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 7 years
Honestly 90-95% of my food intake is veggies and fruits. The few things I do eat that has a "label" - I look at the protein content... and even then it's with things such as chia seeds, spirulina, nut butters, etc.... On occasion I'll have some kind of junk but it's on a rare occasion so i don't worry about calories, fat, etc....
amber512 amber512 7 years
calories per serving size and then straight to the ingredients list
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I look at serving size and calories first then list of ingredients.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
In this order: Calories, Serving Size, Sodium content
weffie weffie 7 years
Ingredients are the first and only part I actually read carefully because I'm vegan. I'll look at the sodium content of prepared foods like soups or frozen dishes, but I rarely buy those types of things anyway because of the sodium and preservatives.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
i've more or less given up with calorie calculation, because many foods which i buy are organic or made locally/daily/fresh so they won't have a nutritition label, let alone one with calorie content on it ie food at the bakery, charcuterie, delicatessen, patisserie, greengrocer etc
itsthatgaljay itsthatgaljay 7 years
Calories for me. Because, to be honest, if it needs a label, it's probably not that good for me, and I'm eating it as a 'treat'.
Jen4 Jen4 7 years
Calories and expiration of a term.
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