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?
  • joseygirl79 By joseygirl79
    on Jan 19, 2008  

    I have some health problems and there are times when I cant eat much so I check the protein amount to see I am getting some at least.

  • shougie64 By shougie64
    on Jan 20, 2008  

    Calories are energy and if your an active person, they are burned off easily as fuel, sodium is a necessary electrolite used in muscle contractions and very important in active people, so Fat and cholesterol are the ones I watch, they too have important roles in body functions, but we need to limit the amounts more than the others

  • rhea1234 By rhea1234
    on Jan 20, 2008  

    i am weight watchers member, and we are watching cal, fat, and fiber. the combination of these 3 give a point value.

  • kasie By kasie
    on Jan 20, 2008  

    I think calories are what most women watch if you go out to eat and you see bk burgers have 300 calories and mcdonals have 450 you will probally go with the less amount of calories even if burger kings cost more.

  • chickiemama By chickiemama
    on Jan 20, 2008  

    I look at fiber because I'm concerned that my family isn't getting enough of it.

  • sassy7 By sassy7
    on Jan 20, 2008  

    I was a frequent "fat gram" counter for many years. I've found that calories, sodium, and carbs are key. Staying away from carbs & sodium, eating more "good" fats & less sugars and calories has improved my figure

  • weitz31 By weitz31
    on Jan 21, 2008  

    I look at everything on the label because I have some health problems and because of my medication I don't always eat very much so what I do eat needs to be healthy and as natural as possible. I feel better buying food that I can understand the ingredients or know that my dairy products and meat aren't full of hormones and antibiotics.

  • jezebel By jezebel
    on Jan 21, 2008  

    I have fibromyalgia and am finding healthy eating and exercise are a long term cure! I look to see if it is organic and healthy. I look to see chemical content, if it has antibiotics, hormones, insecticides, pesticides, msg, phosphates, metal content, sugars content, additives, preservatives, colorings, type of oils and fats. I also want to know how item is processed or if it is "enriched" as many vitaments and nutrients are taken out of the items during these processes and then replaced with synthetic versions or nondigestable verstions of these vitamens and nutrients or the vitamens and nutrients are destroyed by the type of processing. You can't trust the advertising label when it says all-natural or healthy... If I am eating a well balanced diet, with foods that are organic or all-natural, I don't have to worry so much about calories and fat with light exercise.

  • asprecker By asprecker
    on Jan 21, 2008  

    i have a light heart problem so i am on a nsls diet. no salt low sodium so i check the sodium first then fat content then the carbs

  • ChristineQuitmeyer By ChristineQuitmeyer
    on Jan 21, 2008  

    I like to see how many calories I am going to consume when I choose a product. If it is high in calories then I can balance my diet with low calorie products for that day too.