Labels & Health Math

We definitely live in a world where we now pay more attention to labels more than ever. Some people trust the front of the product/box when it says low fat, whole grains, healthy, etc and that is being “aware enough” to them. Some study the nutritional label and look at the sugars, proteins, fats, etc. To each their own and I say don’t fully trust your health in an advertised label. From time to time I like to check products label math and see for myself if they are being truthful or fudging a bit. To do this you can look at the grams of fat, carbs and proteins and convert them to calories, add them all up and see if they match the total calorie number on your listed label. I think unless you are on a strict calorie diet or tracking your macronutrients (fat, carbs, protein) this label math isn’t a huge part of your day. But, I think its always good to be a bit more educated on your labels and what they mean. So here is the breakdown of what each macro equals in calories and an example of a product that was spot on with their math. Oh and I am loving coconut water this pregnancy. Water is just not enough and I feel like its a sweet treat without the caffeine or tons of sugar. Plus a good way to hydrate. I finally found coconut water at Sam’s! It is about time they carry some!

1g fat = 9 calories

1g carbs= 4 calories

1g protein = 4 calories

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Fat =0 x 9 = 0

Carbs = 15 x 4 = 60

Protein = 0 x 4 = 0

0+60+0= 60 total calories


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    Good to know. To convert grams of sugar to teaspoons divide by 4. Example: 16 grams of sugar equal 4 teaspoons. Because American women use teaspoons as a unit of measurement in baking this conversion makes more sense.

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