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Your Free Calorie Counter

With this extensive yet free calorie counter there's no need for you to go to the bookstore and purchase one of those super thick calorie counter books. This online calorie counter has the nutritional information (calories, fat, cholesterol, carbs, protein, etc.) of over 10,000 foods, drinks, and ingredients!

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How To Read The Food Labels In The Calorie Counter

When you search for the nutrition contents of a food, ingredient or beverage in this calorie counter you will get the nutritional contents displayed via the food label format, like this:

food label

We will go through each section of the food label and explain what it means. Once you're able to read food labels you'll be able to make better informed dieting decisions.

Important To Know --> 1 gram (g) = 1,000 milligrams (mg)

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Serving Size

The serving size is what the nutritional content is based on. You always want to compare the amount you actually ingest to the serving size. If you eat/drink double the serving size your eating/drinking double what's stated on the label.

nutritional facts

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Daily Value

Daily Value

The % Daily Value indicates percentage of the daily recommended intake of that particular nutrient in a serving. This is based on the FDA's recommendation and interpretation of what it considers a healthy diet.

So for example, this label indicates that this food contains 6% of the total daily suggested intake of fat. With a little bit of math, you can easily determine the total daily fat consumption the FDA recommends by using the following formula: grams per serving / % daily value of the nutrient. So 4/.06 = 66.67 grams. 66.67 grams of fat is the daily amount of fat the FDA recommends.

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Nutritional Value Per Serving

Nutritional Value Per Serving

The highlighted amounts tells you how many grams or milligrams of that specific nutrient are in one serving. Please read the labels carefully, some nutrients are in grams and others are in milligrams. Remember, there are 1,000 milligrams in 1 gram.

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What's Good, What's Bad...

Reading Food Labels

I've color coded the picture above if you're a visual learner (like myself). Anything in RED is considered bad for your body. Anything orange is in between bad and good, and anything green is good for you.

The Bad 

1. Fat. The fats found in food labels are NOT the good fats, but the bad fats. Limit your intake of this. The FDA recommends no more than 66 grams of fat per day. Side Note: Myself and others think that 66 g of fat per day is a bit high.
2. Cholesterol. This is nasty stuff that clogs your arteries and causes illnesses. Limit your intake of cholesterol. The FDA recommends no more than 294 mg per day (this is NOT grams!).
3. Sodium. This is also known as table salt. This increases blood pressure and your risk of cardiovascular diseases. The FDA recommends that healthy adults consume no more than 2,391 mg per day (or 2.3 grams).
4. Sugar. There seems to be an infinite number of reasons why sugar is extremely bad for your body. Among others, two big reasons to avoid sugar is that it causes all kinds of cancers and suppresses your immunity. The FDA doesn't have a recommended daily intake for sugar!

In-The-Middle

1. Carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are fuel for your brain and body. Your body needs it. Carbs turn into sugar. Eat complex carbohydrates instead of simple carbs (which is basically refined sugar). Eating too much carbs can make you fat if you're not active. FDA suggested daily intake is 295 grams.

The Good
 
1. Dietary Fiber. Fiber decreases your cholesterol, keeps blood sugar low, cleans your colon and keeps you regular. FDA suggested daily intake of dietary fiber is 25 grams.
2. Protein. Protein in needed to repair, maintain and grow your muscle tissues. It's also needed for good health. The FDA suggested daily intake is 50 grams. Side Note: Weight trainers need much more. 1 g per pound of bodyweight.
3. Vitamins and Minerals. Vitamins and minerals are absolutely critical for your health. They promote health and protect your body against nasty illnesses and cancers. Eat up!

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