In the grocery store, you have many choices in front of you. The question is: how do you make a healthy choice?
One way is to use the nutrition facts food label located on all pre-packaged products. The food label includes information about serving size, calories, types of fat, carbohydrate and fiber.
Let’s start by looking at the serving size. All information on the nutrition facts label is based on the serving size. For example, one slice of wheat bread, eight ounces of milk, one half-cup of cooked rice, or one tablespoon of olive oil, or two taco shells. Compare this serving size to what you actually eat. For example, if you eat a half serving, cut all the figures in half to see how much of each nutrient you’re getting.
Now let’s look at calories. It shows you how many calories are in that food. If you are trying to limit how many c