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What You Need To Know About Nutritional Labelling

Posted in CS Labels News by CS Labels on 16:46 April 22nd, 2014
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In a world where you are what you eat nutritional labels are great at aiding with a healthy and happy lifestyle.

What Is On A Nutritional Food Label?

A nutritional food label displays the food’s nutritional content in a way that is easy to understand. This is broken up into a number of different categories, depending on whether they are displayed on the front or the side of the packaging.

Labels on the front of packaging are very handy at finding out the nutritional value of your food at a glance. They are split into the following categories:

•    Energy – Balancing your energy intake from food with the amount of energy you use is integral to a healthy lifestyle Energy is displayed in the form of a percentage of your recommended daily calorie intake, and also displayed in kilocalories (kcal) and kilojoules (kj). The daily recommend calorie intake for men is 2,500 per day and 2,000 per day for woman.

•    Fat Content – The amount of unsaturated fat found in the food is displayed as a percentage of your daily fat intake. 17.5g of fat per 100g is considered a high amount of fat, whereas 3g or less of fat per 100g is a low, recommended amount. However, recent studies in Sweden have suggested that fuller fat diets are actually more beneficial than once thought. While it’s true certain types of fats are very unhealthy in high amounts, it’s controlling calorie intake and sugars that maybe the key to maintaining healthy eating habits.

•    Saturated Fats – Saturated fats are the fats to avoid if you want to lose weight or continue to live healthily. A high amount of saturated fat in foods is more than 5g per 100g; where as a low amount of saturated fat is 1.5g per 100g. Again, this is displayed as a percentage of your recommended daily intake.

•    Sugars – The more sugars to be found in food, the higher the calories. Limiting your sugar intake is very important in creating a balanced diet. High sugar foods can be detrimental to your health by increasing risks of heart disease and other coronary issues, as well as weight gain.

•    Salt – Sometimes this is displayed as sodium. You can convert the number of grams of sodium into a number for salt by using this equation: salt = sodium x 2.5.

Most supermarkets and manufacturers use a green, amber and red warning system to indicate the levels of the nutrients you are eating. Green is a healthy number, amber is cautionary and red is an unhealthy number.

How Can CS Labels Help With Your Nutritional Labelling?

CS Labels have an extensive knowledge of the labelling industry and a wealth of experience from which to draw from when printing your labels. Our labels are easy to apply, allowing for a variety of designs, and are extremely cost effective.

Visit our website today! Or, for more information, please contact us at sales@cslabels.co.uk or phone us on 01902 365840.