Facts Up Front: The Biggest Change in Nutrition Labeling in the Last 20 Years

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Eating Healthy is Getting Easier

Anyone who cares about what they eat will at some point or another look at the nutrition label on a package. Everyday we make food choices that affect how we feel and how we look. However, who has time to take and in depth look at every nutrition label and try to figure out which of the twenty or thirty different numbers looks good or bad. Fortunately, Facts UP Front is making it easier to read important nutritional information right on the front of a package. More and more it is easy to see how many calories are in a serving of a food, how much saturated fat there is, and how much salt there is.

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Facts Up Front

Facts Up Front is a voluntary effort led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association. They help get companies that package and manufacture our groceries to voluntarily for more nutritional information on the front of a package to help consumers make better food choices.

Tools To Help You Take Advantage of Facts Up Front

I imagine there are lot of people like me who are bit confused by nutritional labels. The Facts Up Front on packaging is the same information that is in the nutritional labels. So, in order to really take advantage of the easy to read information it helps to understand a little more about what the nutritional label should mean to you. Facts Up Front has made a number of tools available online to help people use Facts Up Front. One thing you might notice about nutrition labels is that the percent daily value of a certain substance is calculated on the average diet which is 2,000 calories. So, for a lot of people the %dv number can be tricky to interpret. I had no idea how many calories ‘I’ should be eating everyday until I used the nutritional calculator at FactsUpFront.org. It uses your gender, height, weight, age, and activity level to estimate a more accurate calorie diet.

No one likes to feel sick or unhealthy, but we can only eat as well as we understand ourselves and our food. Fortunately, it is getting easier and easier and I hope it continues to be that way.

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  • My kids are all grown, but when they were growing up, I made sure to always have healthy snacks available for them to choose from when they wanted one. When I got home from the grocery store, I washed and cut up the fruits and vegetables so they could easily eat them. Also, only brown bread for a choice, although now my husband whines about that. When I shop, I try not to buy foods with ingredients I can't pronounce. We eat very few preservatives, so my kids know what food should taste like. Hopefully that will help them to only want good foods in their lives.

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