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Bitesize Nutrition - Reading Nutritional Labels

In today’s society, it is very important that everyone takes responsibility for their own health and educates themselves as best they can to make good choices for overall health and wellbeing.

Nutrition is a complex topic. To get even the most basic grasp, and to control over what we are putting into our bodies, we need to understand nutritional labels. In Western society we are bombarded with highly processed foods; and it is often quite surprising to learn exactly what we are putting into our bodies. There is a misperception that calories are the most important thing to look at when reading labels. This is wrong. Salt, sugar and fat are the three basics to fully understand, as these can contribute to health problems such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

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