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Nutrition Labels and What to Avoid | Parents

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Published on Feb 22, 2014

Watch as Parents Magazine shows you how to read nutrition labels! Find out what the best foods are to buy your family by knowing just a few things about the food labels. You'll want to begin by looking for the word sugar on the nutrition labels. Even foods you thought were healthy can contain more sugar than expected. Dietitians say you should be shooting for products that have fewer than 10 grams of sugar per serving, so double check labels before leaving the store. Take pre-sweetened oatmeal, for example, which has more than nine grams of sugar in one small serving. Make your own unsweetened oatmeal to avoid this, dressing it up with bananas, brown sugar, or even pure maple syrup. When buying cereals, look for whole grains listed as the first ingredient of the nutrition information. Finally, if you can't pronounce ingredients on the nutrition facts label, you probably don't want to eat it. Nutrition labels containing the fewest and most recognizable ingredients are the best way to go in terms of healthy eating. Nutrition for kids is just as important, so teach your little one how to read food labels from a young age to promote eating healthy in your family!

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