How to Read Food Labels for Healthy Eating : Total Carbohydrates on Food Labels

How to Read Food Labels for Healthy Eating : Total Carbohydrates on Food Labels


Hi. I’m Brenda Thompson, Registered Dietitian
and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. In this segment, I’m going to talk about calories
on the food label. Here, if you look, you’ll see that total carbohydrates is listed. Under
carbohydrates, you will also find dietary fibers, and sugars. Dietary fiber is also
a carbohydrate, although not all fibers are digested into the system. That is why fiber
is recommended for healthy diets. It’s also recommended for heart disease, diabetes and
weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle. It is very important. Sugars are located here
and they are also part of the total carbohydrates. As you can see, there are other carbohydrates
that are in this food, but they are not recommended by the FDA to be printed on the food label.
Total carbohydrate is important to watch, especially in those who have diabetes, as
they need to monitor their blood sugar control. When you are looking at the label, total carbohydrates
are generally located in the foods guide pyramid under grains. There are very little carbohydrates
in vegetables. There are very little carbohydrates in vegetables (about five grams in about half
a cup). Carbohydrates are found in fruits, milk and beans. You will not find carbohydrates
in meats and oils. So, when you want to learn how many carbohydrates are in your food, you
want to look at the total carbohydrate on the food label.

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