Understanding Nutrition Facts Label
Why nutrition labels exist
People look at food labels for various reasons, most important of them is to be informed about the nutritional content of food, or simply put, to understand what they are consuming and what is their food consits of. We tried making it even easier by designing the nutrition facts label the way that you can understand it from even one glance.
How is our Label Different?
In the following Nutrition Facts label we have color-coded sections and values to help you focus on those areas and understand the label quickly. You will not see these colors on the food labels on products you purchase unless those products have been certified and nutritional facts have been calculated by us.
The information in the main or top section consists of suggested serving size and it can be changed using our online tool.
Serving size is dynamic and if such information is available you can choose a serving size, in case of our current example we can choose the value of a cup, one fluid ounce and even a quart. Based on the quantity of the serving size, the nutritional information will change accordingly.
After the serving size has been chosen, we can further manipulate the label with the amount of serving. If, for example you’re about to make a big holiday meal for 20 people but you would like to keep in healthy and under a certain amount of calories, this tool will show you the whole nutritional information on the fly.
Calories give you energy
Next, check total calories per serving. Pay attention to the calories per serving and how many servings you’re really consuming if you eat the whole package. You dont have to calculate anything, just click the button and we will do the calculations for you. Calorie meter is also color-coded. So as the calories will increase so the color will change.
Essential Nutrients and Vitamins
The next section of information on a nutrition label is about the amounts of specific nutrients in the product. Saturated fat, Trans fat and Sodium should be watched closely and should be limited in the diet.
Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, we recommend no more than 16 grams of saturated fat, as little trans fat as possible, and no more than 1,500 mg of sodium a day.
Make sure you get enough of beneficial nutrients such as: dietary fiber, protein, calcium, iron, vitamins and other nutrients you need every day.
Colors and their meaning
- Green is used to mark the value that is better than average for your consumption
- Gray\Black\No Color means that the value falls in the normal range.
- Yellow\Orange — BE WARNED, this color indicated that the value is at its abnormal range
- RED — Obviously is bad for you
- PURPULE is beyond bad and you should carefully consider consuming such food or such high amount of nutrient, but do keep in mind the portion size.
- Blue indicates high amount of nutrient that is NOT harmful, and in fact might be helpful in certain situations. Protein, for example is good in large amounts if you’re trying to loose weight or build muscle, its a more complex nutrient, and therefore your body takes some time to break it down and use it.
- Dynamic Nutrition Facts Label has a few changeable values that will help you better understand the foods and their influence to the body.
Quick guide to % of Daily Value.
The bottom part contains a footnote with Daily Values (DVs) for 2,000 and 2,500 calorie diets. This footnote provides recommended dietary Information for important nutrients, including fats, sodium and fiber. The footnote is found only on larger packages and does not change from product to product.
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you the percentage of each nutrient in a single serving, in terms of the daily recommended amount. As a guide, if you want to consume less of a nutrient (such as saturated fat or sodium), choose foods with a lower % DV — 5 percent or less. If you want to consume more of a nutrient (such as fiber), seek foods with a higher % DV — 20 percent or more.