The Whole Nutrition Label
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Anthony Robbins
One of the many goals of The Bennett Foundation is to provide relevant and appropriate nutrition education. Far too many people grab items off the shelves of their local convenience & grocery stores without the thought of reading the Nutrition Facts label. The truth is, while studies today show most people read food labels, many people don’t read every aspect of a food label.
University of Minnesota researchers recruited 203 participants to gauge what kind of information people looked at before making their food purchasing decisions. According to the study, people were much more likely to focus their attention to the top of the Nutrition Facts as opposed to the rest of the label. What’s more, about 33 percent of the population self-reported that they almost always check calorie count, 31 percent said the same for total fat content, and 26 percent for serving size. In summary, the subjects usually limited their attention to the top five lines of the labels.
The example above relates to the data found by the University of Minnesota researchers – and why reading beyond the first five lines of a Nutrition Facts label is important.
The labels above show us that the reduced-sodium vegetable soup has less sodium per serving than the original vegetable soup – in this case half the amount, it should be noted, excess sodium can increase blood pressure because it holds excess fluid in the body, in addition to risk of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and kidney disease.
All things considered, understanding the nutrition information and ingredients list from top to bottom can help you make healthier dieting choices. It is The Bennett Foundation’s objective to extend nutrition education and promote a healthy lifestyle. Make it a goal when reading the label to look for foods high in protein & vitamins, and lower in sodium & sugar.
In our next blog, we will explain how to comprehend every aspect of a Nutrition Facts label to help you digest the often-misleading information in the simplest form.