Health consciousness is important for everyone, and as we age it seems to take on new meanings for us. Just about every person I come into contact with these days is either on some sort of a diet, is concerned about healthy eating, or is simply trying to be more aware of the content and quality of the products available in the marketplace.
And one of the most readily available ways to be aware of what’s in the food we eat and how it statistically impacts our daily intake measurements is the ever-present “Nutrition Facts” label mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 (NLEA). You’ve seen them on just about everything in the grocery stores, but have you actually examined them? Well, in case you haven’t closely scrutinized what all of those numbers and percentages mean, the FDA provides a handy guide titled “The Basics of the Nutrition Facts Label.” and its a pretty good primer on how to interpret what the labels tell us.