Reading labels? Check the serving size…

Many of you do take the time to read Nutrition facts labels, which is great. However, quite a few of you neglect to check the Serving Size.

Many food items are packaged in ‘convenient’ portions and it’s easy to assume that the package counts as a serving. Sadly, this is often not the case.

For example, a 500 ml bottle of soda states the serving size to be 250 ml (or only half the bottle), so the 100 calories on the Nutrition Facts label becomes 200 calories if you drink the whole bottle!

Or that healthy trail mix snack pack that contains 160 calories per 1-ounce serving – but the pack (small as it seems) actually contains 4 ounces. Do the maths – yikes!

Always remember to check the Serving Size when reading Nutrition Facts labels and ask yourself if that serving is your serving.

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