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Old 04-22-2011, 03:32 PM   #1
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Talking Help with reading food labels.

I know how to work out, done alot of studying on that area, but never took the time to learn how to eat healthy and what to look for and how to read the food labels. I just started reading, Nutrition for dummies. I got to the chapter about understanding calories, but I'm not understanding, just confused.
Can of mountain dew.
Serving size 1Can
Total fat 0%
sodium 65mg
Suger 46g

Now each gram of Protein is 4 Calories, carbs are 4g, fat is 9 calories.
That is where I am being confused, I add the carbs 46x4=184g of calories. Why does CALORIES on the label say 170.
Questions are, do I add all the fat, Cards, etc. To get the accurate amount of calories, or on top where it says calories is all I need to focus really for calories?
I know you need calories, there your energy.
And advice on websites or anything would be great.
I typed this on my phone, sorry if theres mess ups

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Old 04-23-2011, 10:53 AM   #2
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Re: Help with reading food labels.

One gram of sugar contains 4.2 calories. So 46 grams of sugar times 4.2 calories will give you 193 calories. And one gram of carbohydrate contains 4 calories so 184 is correct. I don't know why it says 170 calories for one can. Perhaps it's a mistake....a misprint? Is there a toll free phone number on the can? If so, you might try calling the company.

My solution: I don't ever drink soda because it's unhealthy. Also, I never buy any processed foods with added sugar or salt. Processed foods are very bad for health. Once you decide not to buy processed foods, you don't really need to worry so much about reading food labels. Although, I still look at them for total calories and to see what bad stuff has been added, if any.

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