Monday, August 26, 2013

Reading Food Labels

We were looking for snacks at our Walmart and found this pretty shocking. Based on the pictures and packaging most people would think the granola bar on the right would be better for you until you start to read the label…..

Pop Tart:
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 pastry (48 g)
Calories 190
Calories from Fat 45
Total Fat 5g 2
Saturated Fat 1.75g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 190mg 
Carbohydrates 33.5g
Dietary Fiber 1.5g
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Iron 10%
Nature Valley Granola Bar:
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 bar (35 g)
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 63
Total Fat 7.0
Saturated Fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 150mg 
Carbohydrates 23.0g
Dietary Fiber 1.0g
Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Iron 2%

The Pop Tart has fewer calories from fat, less fat, less sugar, more iron and the same amount of protein. The granola bar does have fewer carbohydrates and sodium but has only 3 advantages and the Pop Tart had 6 advantages.

So look at the label before you buy.