Stop! Before you eat your Lunchables or down the contents of your juice box, do you know what’s in there? Preservatives? A high fat content? Tons of calories? Lots of sugar? There’s an easy way to find out what you’re really
swallowing: Read the Nutrition Facts label on every manufactured-food package. The label contains detailed nutritional information about the food. But you don’t have to read all of it, says Kathy McManus, director of nutrition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. If you’re trying to slim down or stay healthy, skip right to these four parts of the label.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Knowing the serving size of a food allows you to compare similar products easily. That will help you quickly choose the one that’s lower in calories and total fat, for example.
WHAT TO DO: Check the total number of servings on packages. Even small containers can contain multiple servings.
* imprecise serving sizes, such as “about 3” servings. To avoid being …