Translating Food Labels

Food labels are kind of a nightmare. Although meant to guide, they often seriously complicate the food decision making process. The best (and healthiest!) solution is to buy food WITHOUT labels and packaging like fruits and vegetables, but let's be real: some of your food comes from a box. Now by no means do I advocate running around antagonizing over every nutrition label.  My main reason for looking at food labels is not for calorie or carb counting, but rather to be more mindful of what I am using to fuel my body.  In my opinion the number of carbs or grams of sugar doesn't matter as much as WHERE those calories and carbs come from.  If you must eat food from a box, can, bag or jar there are three components of a nutrition label that are important to review.

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