Food Label Tips by Arm88

Food label tips - by arm88

Here's another well written post from one of our users in the forums. Arm88

This is just to get people to understand food labels a little better.

All food labels work under 2000 calorie diet, so the percentages you see on the side are the percent you need if your intake is within a 2000 calorie diet. For example if you see 30g of protein then it would say “% Daily Value = 60%”.

Also calories are made up of carbohydrates, protein, and fat (your macronutrients). In 1 gram of protein there is 4 calories, in 1 gram of carbohydrates theirs 4 calories, and in 1 gram of fat there is 9 calories, also in 1 gram of alcohol there is 7 calories. So for example if you have something with 2 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein, and 7 carbohydrates then it should equal out to be 54 calories.
For healthy consumption you need 40-65% of your daily calories to be carbohydrates, 10-35% of your daily calories to be protein, and 15-35% of your daily calories to be fat.

Don’t give in to fad diets such as Atkins diet. This diet is crazy; they want you to cut out all carbohydrates because if one of your 3 major energy sources is gone then you have to burn fat faster. This works until you start eating properly again then you gain it all back, also did you know that your blood cells, brain, and your nervous system only use carbohydrates for energy. Imagine what your doing to your self by not taking in carbohydrates!

-Article by Arm88

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Some more information on carbohydrates.

Carbs are generally classified as fast or slow carbs. Fast carbs are broken down into glucose and absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. They also promote rapid rise in insulin levels. and a quick increase of energy. Slow carbs, on the other hand are assimilated at a slower rate, stimulate a gradual, moderate release of insulin and supply a sustained release of energy. This being said, a majority of your carb intake should come from slow carbs. With fast carbs being consumed during the first meal of the day and post workout.

Slow carbs example: Brown Rice, Broccoli, Oatmeal, Sweet potato

Fast carbs example: Potato, White Rice, Certain Berries.

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