miller-150x150We have been filming videos for our new FABULOUS VITAL SIGNS LAUNCH PROGRAM VS Launch

I recently filmed  “Reading Nutrition Labels” which seems simple enough but I learned SO much!
I wanted to address the thing on the label that most of you probably look for first and why it’s NOT your best indicator of a healthy choice.
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What is it?
CALORIES
On every label, you will see total calories followed by “calories from fat”.
Total calories= calories from fat + calories from protein + calories from carbs
Fat, Protein, and Carbs are our 3 MACRONUTRIENTS and they are the only things that contribute to the calorie count.
On the bottom of some labels, you will see how many calories are in 1 gram of each macronutrient. These never change. They are not even for the different macronutrients.
1 gram fat = 9 calories
1 gram protein= 4 calories
1 gram = 4 calories
So to calculate the “calories from fat” or any other macronutrient; you find out how many grams there are and multiply the grams by 9 or 4 respectively. There are rounding laws for the calorie numbers so your calculations may not match the label exactly.
SO… Let’s talk about “100 calorie” snack packs. Companies can lower the fat in a product and add in carbs (sugar) and have a lower multiplier of 4 cal/ 1g of carbs than the previous multiplier of 9 cal/ 1g of fat.
JUST BECAUSE IT HAS FEWER CALORIES DOES NOT MAKE IT HEALTHIER. YOU MUST LOOK AT WHERE THE CALORIES ARE COMING FROM, NAMELY CARBS.
To read more on “Calories in vs. Calories Out”, please see Kyra Fowler’s, FNP posts.
We hope you’ve been enjoying our Friday guest post with Kristin Miller, one of our excellent Family Nurse Practitioners and nutrition management counselors at Trinity Medical Associates!