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Converting Fat In Food Labels

October 23, 2012

Reading food labels can be confusing at times so here are a few simple tips to help you understand how much fat is in the food you are eating.

The labels always list the product total in calories, but everything else is in grams. Unless you know how to convert it you will not understand how many calories of fat are in each item. This is how manufacturers fool you into believing that their product is healthy.

There are 9 calories in every gram of fat. 1g fat = 9 calories

To convert the fat grams into calories you multiply them by 9.

Let’s say a product is 100 calories and 5 g of fat. 5 g doesn’t seem like a lot compared to the calories. Multiply the grams of fat by 9.

5 x 9 = 45 calories.

So 45 cal of the 100 cal come from fat. This means the product is 45% fat. You want there to be 30% or less fat in everything you eat. Ideally that would be less than10% saturated and 20% unsaturated fat.

When trying to decide between one product and another flip to the ingredient listing and calculate the calories of fat. Choose the one that is 30% or less of fat and you will be on your way to lowing your cholesterol, blood pressure, body fat and overall health.

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