Nutrition labels as we’ve discussed the last few weeks are intended to offer information and provide direction. Context is ultimately the most important thing. It’s vital to realize what takeaways are most important when considering what food to eat.
Does this support my goals?
Will it provide enough protein?
Does it contain an adequate amount of healthy fats?
Whatever the question may be, we should be able to answer it based on what we can read on the label.
Context gives you the ability to be in control. A nutrition label is specific to a serving size that is predetermined. That does not mean that you always need to have the exact serving size. For example, if your nutrition goals work out that you have 50 grams of carbohydrates in a meal you can look at a nutrition label and determine what would meet your needs. That could be ½ of a serving or a ⅓ of a serving. Again, we’re looking at context.
A nutrition label will not do much for you unless you know what your goals are and what you need each day to meet those goals. There does not have to be the perfect plan in place. Finding what works for you and your goals can take time and most certainly takes effort. Nobody can do this for you.
An inexpensive food scale and a free app can go a long way for understanding what you’re eating each day and each week. It can give you a representation of your consistency and how you can keep working towards your goals!
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