When you hear the word "healthy" what comes to mind?
If you're like most people, the type of food that you consume generally fits the description. We measure healthy food in various ways as well; how many calories we put into our bodies, how much sugar we allow in our diet, what types of fats are good for us and even how many net carbs we think we should have.
Do you know that magic number?
Let us make it a little easier on you!
Let's start with a walk through of the Nutritional Facts Label
Start at the serving size and the number of servings in the package. The serving size identified on the package determines all the nutrient amounts listed on the label. It is important to pay attention to the serving size, including the number of servings in the package.
Look at the calories and the calories from fat; caloric intake. Calories are a measure of how much energy is in a serving of food. Eating too many calories per day has been linked to being overweight and obesity; it doesn't matter if the calories are from protein, carbohydrates, or fat.
The % Daily Value helps you determine whether the nutrients (fat, sodium, fiber, etc.) in a serving of food contributed a little or a lot to your daily intake. The % Daily Value is the percent of the recommended daily amount of a nutrient in a serving of food. They are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and the general guide is: 5%DV or less is considered a low source of the nutrient, while 20%DV or more is considered a high source of the nutrient.
Macronutrients are the total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol; they are all required on the Nutrition Facts Panel. Some products, usually margarines and oils, also include polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat; however, this information is optional. Trans fat amounts are always required on food labels. Carbohydrates included on the Nutrition Facts Panel are total carbohydrate, dietary fiber, and sugars. Carbohydrate is an important source of energy for the body. Dietary fiber is the part of plant foods that the body cannot digest. Lack of dietary fiber has been linked to increased risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Vitamins and minerals, called micronutrients, are optional on the Nutrition Facts Panel. Americans often don't get adequate amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.
How to Calculate Net Carbs:
Total carbohydrates less the total dietary fiber provides total net carbs.
11g total carbs less 7g dietary fiber = 4 net carbs
The bottom portion of the Nutrition Facts Panel is called the Footnotes. The statement, "% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet" must appear on all Nutrition Facts Panels. The remaining part of the footnote is not required to appear on the Nutrition Facts Panel if the size of the label is under a certain size. When the full footnote does appear, it will always be the same format, because it gives dietary recommendations for all Americans.
The FDA says there are certain conditions for the use of the word "Healthy":
- Low fat (less than 5g fat)
- Low saturated fat (less than 2g saturated fat)
- Sodium that is less than or equal to 480mg
- Cholesterol that is less than or equal to 90mg
- Contains at least 10% nutrients from two of the following; vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, protein, or fiber
There is no question that Tumaro's Wraps are healthy, we meet all the requirements...so skip those "unhealthy" options and try one of our many different choices.
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