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How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

The nutrition facts label is a great tool when grocery shopping (especially if comparison shopping), but it won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to read it! The good news is, it’s super simple. Let’s go over where to find information on the label and how to use it to make informed decisions. What is the Nutrition Facts Label? You’ve seen these before. The tall, narrow label on the back or side of food packages with numbers…

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Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates

What are Carbohydrates? Carbs are a macronutrient – a nutrient that yields calories, or energy. Every gram of carb has four calories. One serving of a carbohydrate food generally has about 15 calories, or 60 calories. Think of a slice of bread, 1/3 cup of pasta or cooked rice, or a small piece of fruit! Related Reading: What is a Calorie? There are three types of carbohydrates: monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides. Mono- and Disaccharides, the Simple Carbs Mono- and disaccharides are…

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What is a Calorie?

What is a Calorie?

What is a calorie? We hear it all over the place: “That cheeseburger has, like, a billion calories!” People who are trying to lose weight are often talking about how many calories something has, and how they’re counting them. But when even is a calorie, anyway? If we want to be technical about it, a calorie is defined as “the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of 1g of water by 1ÂșC. Ummm, that’s not helpful. Let’s…

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