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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?
  • mzhutch76 By mzhutch76
    on Jan 16, 2008  

    All women want to know how much calories something has that they are consuming so they know how many calories they have left in a day to use.

  • TNwoman By TNwoman
    on Jan 16, 2008  

    I always count calories. It has worked for me for years. So I always look at calories first.

  • poniap By poniap
    on Jan 16, 2008  

    I picked other....because there was not a category for ALL. The listed categories are ALL important to me(including sugar) which they don't have listed. I also want to know ALL of the ingredients of what I put in my body. I only have one body and what I put in it is ALL important to me!!!

  • lola_michele By lola_michele
    on Jan 16, 2008  

    I chose other because my son has food allergies. The first (and most important thing) is the ingredients label.

  • katday1 By katday1
    on Jan 16, 2008  

    I used to have to look at the carb counts when I was pregnant. Now I just look at calories...

  • nothingnew By nothingnew
    on Jan 16, 2008  

    I like to write down what I eat these days so I always check calorie count first. If the rest of the label sounds reasonable then I will go ahead and buy it/eat it.

  • RugbyMom6O By RugbyMom6O
    on Jan 17, 2008  

    More and more people are watching what they put in their bodies. Calories are the first thing I look at...then everything else gets a stern look over too. I must agree with most that looking at the label in full is best ....calories is just something that has to be considered in my book first.

  • TheAimer By TheAimer
    on Jan 17, 2008  

    Calories are always the first thing I look at becasue I have a strong idea of how many calories I want to take in during a day. I run about 5 times a week on a tredmill at my gym that tells me how many calories I burn - so I can do the 'easy math' to see how many calories I can have a day after exercising - this is not true for fat/carbs/fiber :)

  • jen-mclaren By jen-mclaren
    on Jan 17, 2008  

    Actaully I look for hydrogenated oils in a product (partially in particualr) - so I guess it's contents. I really am not into digesting metal.

  • chagirl By chagirl
    on Jan 17, 2008  

    Calories and fat content are most important to me. Fat would have been my second choice. The amount of calories might not prevent me from consuming a certain product, but it lets me know how to balance the rest of my food that day.