Putting A Label On Healthy

As an athlete, do you know exactly what's inside that box of your favorite muffin mix? The Nutrition Facts panel will tell you, and the Neilsen Company reports that 67% of consumers say they understand how to interpret those facts. Just over half of them (51%) always check fat content, 48% always calculate calories and 44% check to see how much sugar's involved. More than a third of these consumers are also looking up the sodium and carbohydrate content of packaged foods.

The Bigger Picture: Whether you're in a cutting or bulking phase, checking the facts panel every time you buy a new product is a great way to stay on top of what you're eating. The first ingredient on the list contributes the most to what's inside the package, while the last ingredient represents the least amount of volume. Of course, you won't find nutritional facts panels on the vegetables and fruits piled up in your grocer's bins. You can find their nutritional values in the USDA's Nutrient Database.
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