Your Questions About Reading Food Labels

Sandra asks…

How do you read food labels?

Is there a website that explains how to read food labels in a simple short way?

admin answers:

Learn the language in which its writtn first!!!

C’mon be more specific

Robert asks…

How do I read food labels?

I am trying to loose weight and look out for what I eat. I would like to know how to read food labels and what to look for? I want a 1200 calorie plan. I don’t understand what calories and calories from fat mean and what percentage should be on all the other things. Can someone please help? Thanks.

admin answers:

The percent is how much you should get out of a daily value, in most food labels this is a 2000 Calorie diet. Calories are basically a mesurement of energy and actually, you really need 2 million calories a day. The calories on the back of labels are kilocalories. There are 1000 calories in a kilocalorie and you can notice because kilocalories have a capital c as apposed to calories which a lowercase c. There are 9 calories in a gram of fat and the calories in fat basically mean how many calories of the food come from the fat.
You should try to watch out for saturated and trans fats, but any other fat is actually good for you! Make sure you get proteins (60g a day on a 2000 calorie diet) and that you don’t eat after 3 hours before you go to bed.

Jenny asks…

reading labels on food?

I want to get into the habit of reading labels on all the food that I purchase but I have no clue how much (percentage/gram wise) Im supposed to have. All I know is 26grams of sugar/carbs is too much! Can someone let me know how much of each thing u SHOULD have and how much is TOO much?

admin answers:

Pick out one item, say Beef Stew, then get a couple of different brands, a name brand and a discount brand, read the labels, they tell how much is a service and how many calories, fats, carbs, cholesterol, salt, etc. Is in a service and how much is recommended for a daily need, then you can compare them against each other and learn what brands are lower in the contents you are interested in. I always buy the cheaper but if I don’t like it when i fix it, I won’t buy it anymore.
I watch Fats and Cholesterol, some people watch salt.

Sandy asks…

reading dog food feeding labels…?

I have an australian shepherd puppy who is 33.4 pounds and 4 months old. He is in perfect condition weight wise.
according to this he is “moderate” http://vet.osu.edu/1851.htm

Blue Buffalo: (he is currently on Purina Puppy Chow I have tried to switch him to BB but it gave him diareaha, yes i did the 25,50, 75 thing, anyways I may or may not try this brand again)

http://www.bluebuff.com/products/dogs/lp-puppy-chick.shtml

this says for a dog who gets 51-100 pounds (adult male aussies get 50-65) at 3-5 months he should get 2 1/2 -4 cups… So I could give my PUPPY 3 cups a day right?

Just making sure i am feeding him the correct amount of food/ reading label correctly…

Another question:

ADULT male aussie gets to be about 50-65 pounds
BB:
2-3 cups a day.

http://www.bluebuff.com/products/dogs/lp-adult-chick.shtml

Purina:
2-3 cups a day

http://www.longliveyourdog.com/Products/DogChowCompleteNutrition.aspx

I thought higher quality foods ment less food each day but these are the same amounts??
Kip you didnt really answer either of my questions…

I know I cant rely COMPLETELY on the labels but as i said he is a healthy weight. I ask some question on dog food and how long bags can last and people where like “you much have a huge dog!” thats why im asking if i read this correctly.
thanks kip

I know i cant rely on the guildlines. I was just wanting to make sure that i was reading them corretly. If I understood what they said.

I guess i didnt make my question clear enough, i want to know if i was reading to label correctly? If that is what is says… or if i am reading it wrong?

admin answers:

As the other person answered, what is on the package is simply a guideline. You have to keep in mind that pet food companies want you to feed your dog more of the food typically so that you have to buy it more often. My 110 pound bloodhound / golden mix eats 4 cups of premium food a day, and my 115 pound St. Bernard gets 6 cups of the same. It all depends on the dog.

Since you mentioned food, I will tell you that Purina Puppy Chow is one of the lowest grade puppy foods out there. It is considered a grocery brand and contains a lot of dyes, artificial ingredients, and a ton of corn. Corn is not able to be fully processed and there is no true nutritional value to it–your dog will simply eat it, pass it, and poop it, creating larger stool piles to pick up. Your dog will also have to eat MORE of a grocery brand to get the nutrients needed on a daily basis than when on a premium brand that is jam-packed with nutrients and lacking in corn.

Even when you do switch your dog slowly from one food to another, the stool will tend to be a little soft particularly when switching from a grocery brand to a premium. This is due to that same corn–the fiber and starch of the puppy chow was keeping the stool hard. Now that your pup was transitioning onto a food where meat was the primary ingredient and there were different types of fiber, the richness tends to make the stool softer. Diarrhea is not uncommon for a bit of time, particularly if you aren’t transitioning at a slow enough pace. The whole process should take 7-10 days.

So to sum things up…

~ Yes, you could feed your puppy the 3 cups a day as the bag suggests, but it is also open to interpretation based on your individual dog’s needs

~ Don’t give up on switching to a premium food! Softer stool is normal and your dog will be healthier and happier in the long run, will have smaller stool, and will actually eat less!

Daniel asks…

Do you read food labels when food shopping for your cat or dog?

I’m very particular what I feed my pets, and I won’t buy any pet food with by-products or other potentially harmful ingredients. Are you the same with your pets?

admin answers:

At this point I don’t because I’ve found a select set of brands that I’m comfortable are quality products. I’ll check the labels occasionally just to be sure they haven’t changed their ingredients. Before I found these brands I read labels religiously.

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