When you read the nutrition label on food products, which of the following is most important to you when choosing one to buy?

The food industry has our heads spinning! It seems that every few years, there is another nutrition fact that we need to consider when choosing foods to eat.

What do you look for on the nutrition label when you pick up a food product? Does it change depending on whether you are buying it for yourself or for your children?

We want to know what you think!

Fat Content (28.5%)

Calories (31.6%)

Transfats (11.3%)

Sodium (7.8%)

Carbohydrates (9.6%)

Fiber (4.2%)

Protein (2.4%)

Other (4.7%)

When you read the nutrition label on food products, which of the following is most important to you when choosing one to buy?
  • sjgaines99 By sjgaines99
    on Jan 17, 2008  

    I look at calories first and then everything else. Fiber content, ingredients, vitamins and minerals, everything is important; and if it's going into my body, I'm going to make sure it's healthy!

  • Grandmasfour By Grandmasfour
    on Jan 17, 2008  

    I have high blood pressure so I look at the sodium first. I can work off the calories.

  • heffer By heffer
    on Jan 17, 2008  

    I actually look for protein because thats what fills you up and keeps your blood sugar level even! Calories are meaningless to me

  • sballow By sballow
    on Jan 17, 2008  

    I look at the ingredients list...I hate buying things with "filler" added. High fructose corn syrup is my biggest pet peeve.

  • NicoleBrady By NicoleBrady
    on Jan 17, 2008  

    I selected other because it depends on the item I'm looking at. If it's a dessert or sweets of some sort, I'm concerned with fat content. If it's a soup or a side dish, I check the sodium levels. Cereals - I check fiber. Each item has it's ups and downs so it's always different. As an example, it's important to realize the high sodium in something like a frozen dinner when you may be thinking about how many carbs it has.

  • acr1492 By acr1492
    on Jan 17, 2008  

    Calories and Fat Calories are the most important to me. I don't want to end up eating a huge slice of cake that has over 700 calories. Knowing the calories helps me to figure out the rest of my meals and the amount of exercise needed.

  • twinmamma By twinmamma
    on Jan 18, 2008  

    I choose Carbohydrates, I am diabetic and that is the most important intake for me. The second thing I look at is the Fat content, again due to diabetes.

  • Bittles79 By Bittles79
    on Jan 18, 2008  

    I look at carbs..I try not to eat foods that have a high sugar content, because it just turns to fat.

  • jupitershana By jupitershana
    on Jan 18, 2008  

    I also look at the carbs. By keeping my carbs lower I've lost quite a bit of weight. And some of those food are higher in calories, but the carbs is what your body can't always process unless it's dietary fiber carbs.

  • teacherslmf By teacherslmf
    on Jan 18, 2008  

    I have to look at sodium content.....I like to consider calories too, but I could not choose two. When you have high blood pressure, the sodium intake is crucial to good health.