When you’re trying to reach your weight loss goals, the nutrition labels printed on the food you buy can go a long way in helping you to make informed choices. However, this is assuming that the labels you’re reading are easy enough to understand and provide you with the information you need to suit your eating strategy.
What Do Nutrition Facts Labels Do for Your Weight Loss Goals?
The way nutrition facts labels on products can help your success with your weight loss goals depends on the type of diet you’re following. Nutrition labels provide you with information regarding calories, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, sugars, fiber, certain specific nutrients and a list of the ingredients in the product you’re considering.
If you’re counting calories or following a diet that requires shifting your macronutrient ratio, for instance, you will likely find the information on the labels to be very handy in that effort, particularly when you pay close attention to the serving size to which it applies.
What About the New Version?
The new Nutrition Facts label has changed for the first time in a long time. The 2020 version is meant to better align with the updated understanding of what we need to know about food and what science and medicine have discovered over the last decades. The new version remains controversial but is designed to be more consumer friendly.
Though it may not be perfect, the new label is meant to simplify the information it shares. In this way, used with he right eating strategy, it may indeed help you to reach your weight loss goals. It still provides you with the basics you relied upon from the old label. That said, it now offers additional understanding regarding serving size, as well as factors such as added sugars, which many people find to be crucial in making the right choices for their health.
Added sugars is particularly unique as it separates the types of sugar in a product. After all, many ingredients such as wheat or milk contain natural sugars which would be registered on a nutrition label. However, the old version of the label didn’t differentiate between those and the sugars added to a product in the form of sucrose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, white sugar, honey, and dozens of others. As added sugars are considered to be an important and common nutrition concern, this label now helps consumers understand what is in their food.