Understand  Nutrition Facts Labels
In A Few Easy Steps

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Nutrition facts labels have never been more important than they are today. With so many people looking to control their dietary intake of various nutrients, it is essential to learn how to read one sooner rather than later. That is exactly what this article will help you to do. Part 1 of this article click here.

Using one of the many Herbalife product options, this article will provide a comprehensive introduction to the nutrition fact label.

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Serving Size And Number Of Servings

Did you know that every single one of the nutrition facts labels out there have serving sizes and servings per package on them? Very few people do because they tend to skim the label for calorie content, fat content and any other nutrient they may be particularly conscious of.

First of all, it is important to note that every label has the serving size and calorie count, amongst other values, not for the whole package but for one serving. This is important because nutritional facts labels advise you how much you should be eating of one product.

Many of us eat portions that are larger than the serving size and so get more calories than we thing. So serving size is designed to prevent that.  As an example, we will look at the Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix in French Vanilla  by Herbalife.

The French Vanilla Shake nutrition fact label is just like any other label. It features the serving size and the servings per container directly under the heading. It clarifies that two scoops, which is the equivalent of 25g, of the shake mix constitutes one serving.  And there are 30 servings per container. Putting any more than two scoops into one shake would increase its nutritional content and the calories you are drinking.

Nutritional Information

Below the serving information, you will find nutritional information for calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, carbohydrate, protein, vitamins and minerals on the Herbalife shake nutrition facts label. 

Each row gives the amount of each nutrient per serving in gr and mg. For example, there is 1g of fat in each shake.  Which is very good compare to other brands.  And there is 13g carbohydrate. Carbohydrate include sugar, fiber and other carbohydrate.

Diet nutrition tip 1

There many sources of carbohydrate. Look at the list of ingredients and try to avoid  high processed carbohydrates, artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup.

Diet nutrition tip 2

Foods with 5 gr of fiber per serving considered as a good source of fiber. If you add some berries or half of banana to Herbalife shake you will get that target amount.

Next step is look at vitamins and minerals and its nutritional value.  You will be able to compare Herbalife nutritional shake mix to other protein shakes.

It should be noted that the rows mentioned above are split into two columns on nutrition facts labels like that for the Herbalife French Vanilla Shake. The first column offers  nutritional value of the powder alone and the second offers the nutritional value of the powder when mixed with 8 fl. oz. of nonfat milk. The second column is the one that you need to pay attention if you are going to have your shake with milk.

% Daily Value

 % daily value offered on nutrition facts labels does not apply to everyone. It is based on a 2000 calorie a day diet, according to FDA standards. As such, you should take it as a rough guide rather than absolute fact. In order to stay healthy, reading the nutrition fact label is a must so start checking out labels now!

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