As a mom of two little boys, I am often running to get to school pick-ups and drop-offs, after school classes, medical appointments and more. Add cleaning, cooking, and picking up groceries to the list, and we have a pretty tight schedule.
I am often rushing while doing our grocery shopping and picking the best products for my family can sometimes be overwhelming with all the choices available at the store. Making informed food choices is important for us, and the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign (NFEC): “Focus on the Facts” website has been of great help. We also received a fun kit with some packaging examples to practice with, and I had a lot of fun with my two boys as we learned how to read Nutrition Facts, we compared food products using the table and picked the best choices.
When purchasing packaged food products, we now check the Serving Size and then look at the % DV to choose the nutrients we want a lot or a little of. For example, by using the Serving Size and % DV in the NFt, we can choose foods that have more fiber and calcium, and less saturated and trans fats and sodium.When looking at packages and the Serving Size is also important to see if you eat a different amount than the Serving Size, as you will need to adjust the numbers in the NFt.
I love that I can now make an informed decision when shopping for my family and I understand what I should be checking with purchasing packaged foods. Teaching the boys about it has also been great as they can learn to make better decisions from an early age.
You can find more information and learn how to use the NFt as well HERE.
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