Food for thought on every label …

REGISTERED dietician Kele Moshugi urges everyone to learn to read food labels and then be disciplined about checking the label on every food item before putting it into the trolley.

“The nutritional fact table on packaged foods and drinks tell you the serving size and the amount of nutrients in each serving,” Moshugi says.

“It will list the total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and fibre.

“The percent Daily Value [% DV] column in the nutrition facts table indicates the amount of a nutrient in food compared to the average amount of a nutrient recommended each day.

“Choose foods with a lower percentage DV of fat, saturated and trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium and instead opt for foods with a higher percentage DV of fibre, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron.”

She also advises people to check labels on foods, which say “reduced sugar” or “no added sugar”.

“Glucose, fructose, sucrose and dextrose all mean sugar.

“It is better to choose foods where sugar is not listed in the first three ingredients,” Moshugi adds.

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