Food Label Friday: Percent Daily Values

When looking at the Percent Daily Values what are we really looking at?

You will notice they are based on a 2,000 kcal per day intake, so if you don’t eat exactly 2000 kcal every day, they are really not relevant to you (or me either for that matter).

But let’s say I actually DO eat 2000 kcal a day, what does that mean?

According to this food label (and the government) I should be eating;

~ 310 grams of carbohydrates (1240 calories or 62% )

~ 67 grams of fat (603 calories or 30%)

and the left over (there is no established daily protein value from the protein-phobic government) adds up to

~ 39 grams of protein (157 calories or 8%)

How’s that working for you America?

Sitting here doing these calculations I am shaking my head, reminded once again why we have an obesity epidemic in this country.

Not because carbohydrates are bad, because they are not.

But the quantity and quality of the carbohydrates we eat have everything to do with our body composition, weight, and health.

So how much fat, protein and carbohydrate should we eat?

Stay Tuned!


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