Understanding Calorie Content from Labels



Nowadays, it is often seen that people are conscious enough about leading a healthy life. Not only that, they also try keeping them safe from any kind of health hazards. For this reason, it is being more practiced in choosing foods and drinks for their daily diet. Usually, we need enough energy to keep our body fit and do regular activities perfectly. So most of the energy we get normally comes from foods and drinks. It is conditional that if we want to keep our body active and fresh, we have to give our stomach enough food and drink. That is what our body demands always.


In this regard, we need to figure out how much energy our body demands every day. Counting calorie of a food is the way to find out the energy quantity. As we know that, a calorie is a unit of energy and it refers to energy consumption through eating and drinking, and energy usage through physical activity. So it is important to understand how much calorie a certain food contains.


The way we can understand calorie content from a food label


The way we find out the amount of calorie in a certain food is called calorie understanding. From calorie content, we can very easily get the importation about the amount of energy we have from a certain quantity of foods. So, to maintain a healthy diet, we should check out our foods’ energy with the help of calorie content. It can certainly help us in choosing foods for consumption, which would be very much helpful for us I think.


Normally we get calorie from three major components of foods. These are likely


  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Fat


Since different component has a different number of calorie, hence, we need to understand them each well.


There are various ways to find out the calorie intake/content of certain food. The easiest way is to go through the nutrient facts entirely labeled on foods and drinks usually.


An example is given below to understand calorie portion from a certain food package.




Query: If there are 250 calories in a single serving of macaroni and cheese, then how many calories from fat are there in this particular one?


Reply: It is 110 calories, i.e. almost half the calories in a single serving come from the fat segment. On the other hand, if we ate the whole package content, then we would consume 2 servings or 500 calories where 220 would come from the fat segment.


Let’s talk about food label and how it helps us understanding calorie content


A food label is what always helps the buyer in making a quick decision in choosing his/her potential foods and drinks. It is very natural that every consumer wants to know about the product what he is going to buy. In that case, food label always plays an important role conveying them the details importation about the common name of the foods including the net contents of the package. It also provides information on ingredients, nutritional value, serving size and daily percentage of consumption. But sometimes it is found very confusing and crazy to understand well. In this hectic life, people are rarely seen to spend a minimum time in understanding foods label at a shop or market. Naturally, they do not think twice about buying common foods they used to shop too often. Even they sometimes don’t want to know what they mean and how to use them. Again it is sometimes become too difficult to read for them who are illiterate, not only illiterate people, but also some literate people also fall in trouble in understanding nutritional facts. That is why; doctors and other providers should come forward to providing education to their patients on how to use these labels when making a dietary recommendation.


But it is so important understanding the food label very well. If you are one of them, trying to stay healthy always, then you have to spend some time behind it. Just a few tips can make you a good buyer of shopping healthy food and lot more that can help you lose weight. Nonetheless, it provides you the knowledge of what information to look for, what can easily help you make the best choices for your health and provide the information what unnecessary things to avoid. From a food label, we can easily understand the things very quickly such as- saturated fat, added sugars, added salt and so many things, which could be a barrier for your weight loss program or can build a fence at the middle on the way to weight loss process sometimes. Sometimes it also put some strict requirements on its body itself including important information for consumers with food allergies, the additive listing of foods, and storage instruction for it and conveys consumer to avoid items that are culturally and religiously sensitive to them. With the help of it, one can very easily compare the nutritional value of similar foods available there. So it is considered as a general guide to consumer understandings for nutritional facts. Apart from this, you can also ensure our calorie intake from this source sometimes. Infect, food label is a general guide to understanding calorie content well.


For instance, a general guideline to calories can be like this -


  • 40 Calories indicate LOW
  • 100 Calories indicate MODERATE
  • 400 calories  indicate HIGH


Thus the label of a food can provide general references for calories for you .it can also make your sense about calorie intake ideal for your daily consumption. With getting the basic idea from foods label, you can save yourself from eating too many calories daily, which severely connected to overweight and obesity.


Therefore, I hope you have understood the importance of reading food label very well so far thinking how much information it carries for us. It always works for us during food purchasing. Since too much calorie cause overweighting, hence we have to be sure about the amount of calorie our body demands every day to stay alive. If there has been no instruction on food label on a product’s package then how do we can figure all the nutritional facts out especially if it happens in terms of the calorie? So big thanks to food label for being with as an assistant to understand foods calorie intake.