The Importance Of Consumers In Food

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We all want to know what’s in our food. Lately, there’s been a surge of interest to go back to “real” ingredients. Ingredients that we can pronounce and identify. That’s good, but perhaps you are trying to shed a few pounds or reduce simple sugar intake. Where do you find all that info on your favorite new all natural snack?

Thankfully, it’s required by law to put nutrition labels on edible products sold in the U.S. This information helps the consumer understand how much of what in each serving. How does this help the consumer? Well, if you are watching what you are eating, this is essential information.
Every label on a food sold in a grocery store in the US have “Nutrition Facts”. Every label will not be identical, but they show similar
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This is what most people only look at on the back of a box but do not fully understand it. In my sample box, ⅓ cup of uncooked couscous has 200 calories. Ten of those calories are from fat. However, if I consume the entire box, I would be eating 600 calories with 30 of those calories from fat. Overall, it’s not so bad. Nonetheless, given that the average person only needs 2,000 calories per day and I’m getting 600 of it from couscous, it’s not a good …show more content…
That’s a higher fat content food that gets about half of its calories from fat (and most people eat more than one cup of it at a time). According to the FDA a diet based on 2,000 calories per day, a serving size that has 400 calories or more per serving is high. Between 100-300 is considered moderate. Most Americans consume WAY more calories that is needed per day. Understanding serving size and calories can help control excessive caloric intake.

Fats, Cholesterol and Sodium
This next section tells the consumer some of the nutrients in the food that you should eat in moderation. The nutrients are given in grams and % daily value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet). The % daily value helps you visualize how much of nutrient is present in serving and how much it covers your suggested nutritional daily needs.

The fats are broken down into saturated and trans fat. Both types of fats can have adverse effects on your health and should be seat in very little amounts if possible. The same goes with sodium and cholesterol. Eating foods with high amounts of any of these nutrients will lead to an increase of increase your risk of certain chronic diseases, like heart disease, some cancers, or high blood pressure. My box of couscous is low on fat and cholesterol (excellent), but is very high in sodium

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