Fuel for your body.
Nutrients - What are they???
Nutrients (a substance that plants, animals, and people need to live and grow)
What are the nutrients people need?
How do nutrients help your body? They are the substances that power all your physical and mental activities. They are used for repairing cells, fuel, growth, feed your brain, help your memory, strengthen your bones and muscles, help your heart and breathing, and keep your immune system working so you don’t get sick or get you better faster.
Balancing Calories (a unit of heat to show the amount of energy foods will produce in the body) to Manage Weight
What the body needs!!
Scroll over body to find out what nutrients the different parts of the body need.
What can a food label can tell us?
The Nutrition Facts food label gives you information about which nutrients are in the food. Your body needs the right combination of nutrients, such as vitamins, to work properly and grow.
The nutrition facts label on your favorite food tells you it's full of vitamins and minerals. So it must be healthy, right?
Just because a food is high in vitamins doesn't mean it's healthy overall. Sure, it's great that your favorite food gives you a shot of vitamins and minerals. But what if it's also loaded with sugar?
Eating healthy means choosing lots of different types of food throughout the day to get all the nutrients you need, such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fiber, and — yes — even fat.
So how do you figure all this out? Thank goodness for food labels! Food labels give you a lot of information to assist you in planning your daily food choices.
Labels give you information that can help you decide what to choose as part of an overall healthy eating plan. For example, it may be OK to eat a sugary food if you make up for it by not eating much sugary stuff for the rest of the day. Checking the labels on foods can alert you when a food is high in something like sugar so you can be prepared to make tradeoffs.
Food labels provide more than just nutrition facts, though. They also tell you what the ingredients are in a packaged food.
Label Reading 101