It Pays To Read Labels


reading labels for nutrition content
Our body needs many kinds of foods to keep it strong and healthy. Do you know what your body gets from the foods you eat? How can you find out? The front of the food package may look very nice, but is that food good for you?

To find out, look on the side or the back of the package, where you will see a Nutrition Facts label. There is a lot you can learn from the information there. Here is a guide to what you should look for.

1 Serving size.

This number will be at the top of the label. It tells you what your body gets if you eat that amount of food. For example, if you buy a can of tomato soup you may see that the serving size is 1 cup.

All of the numbers found on the label are for 1 cup of the soup. Let’s say there are 100 calories in 1 cup of tomato soup. But what if you eat two cups? There will be 200 calories in 2 cups of tomato soup.

2 Servings per container.

This number is right below the serving size. It tells you how many portions are inside the package. For example, there may be one, two or maybe more servings per container. This helps you decide how much of the food to eat.


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Johanna Burani is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with over twenty-five years of experience in nutritional counseling. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Saint Bonaventure University and her Masters of Education from Long Island University, C.W. Post College. She completed her American Dietetic Association registration requirements at Montclair State University and Chilton Memorial Hospital in northern New Jersey.

While working in a hospital-based obesity center in 1993, Johanna was invited by the medical director to collaborate on a weight loss book, The G-Index Diet. She has incorporated the use of low glycemic index carbohydrates into her private practice ever since. Since 1995, she has worked on publications with the premier glycemic index research team at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Good Carbs, Bad Carbs (2nd Ed.), rated by Self Magazine as the #1 diet book in 2004. She has co-authored five other books on glycemic index, writes for mainstream diabetes magazines and websites, as well as for professional publications. Her practice-based, original research on the use of the glycemic index in Medical Nutrition Therapy was published in 2006 in The Diabetes Educator.

Although she loves to write and do research, Johanna’s first love is her patients. A team player in a prolific endocrine practice in Wayne, New Jersey, she specializes in empowering her patients to improve their health with practical nutrition information that incorporates the concept of the glycemic index.

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