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Understanding the OLIPOP Nutrition Label
When you are putting a food or drink into your body, it is essential to know how that item stacks up nutrition-wise. And the best way to get that info is by reading the nutrition label.
That chart you find on the side panel or back of your cereal box or can of soda gives you a glimpse into exactly how nutritionally balanced it is.
Thankfully, every can of delicious OLIPOP comes with a nutrition label, allowing you to know precisely what you are getting when you crack open a can of the effervescent beverage.
If you are a nutrition label-reading novice, know that with a bit of know-how, you can easily navigate the words and values found on your can and make sense out of all of it in a snap. Read on to learn how to best understand the OLIPOP Nutrition Label.
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The ingredients list tells you every ingredient that is in the product. Ingredients are listed in order by weight. That means the first ingredient on the list weighs the most (and the food contains more of that ingredient), and the last weighs the least.
On the ingredient list of a can of OLIPOP, you will find items like carbonated water, chicory root inulin, natural juices, and stevia leaf. What you will not find on the list is high fructose corn syrup or any artificial colors or flavors.
The serving size is the measuring reference point on which the nutrition information is based and can be found at the label's top. Servings sizes are standard household measures, appropriate to the food and how much people eat—for example, a cup, a slice, or a tablespoon, and are also provided in grams (g). Serving sizes are not necessarily a recommendation of how much you should eat or drink of a product, their primary function is simply to establish a standard measurement on which to base the nutrition facts. Serving size can also be helpful when comparing similar products—be sure the serving sizes are equivalent before making the comparison.
Servings Per Package
This number tells you how many servings are in a package. A single package may have more than one serving, so be sure to pay attention to this number. Often you will see two columns—one column with the nutrition information of one serving and one for the entire package.
Usually bolded, this tells you the number of calories per serving from all nutrients.
Calories From Fat
Calories from fat provide the number of calories the food provides from fat alone.
The middle section of the label provides specific nutrient information that a serving size offers. In general, the nutrients to be mindful of and possibly eat less of, are saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugars. Added sugars are a recent addition to the food label.
Again, based on the serving size, this is the total amount of fat in grams per serving. A typical nutrition label will then break down the different types of fat contained in a product.
Note: One can of OLIPOP does not contain any fat.
Saturated Fat refers to animal fats that are generally in a solid state at room temperature. While there has been an effort to remove trans fats from the food supply, they help extend shelf-life and haven't completely been eliminated yet. Avoid trans fats because they wreak havoc on the body, raising bad cholesterol and lowering good cholesterol. The best way to avoid trans fats is to limit the processed foods you eat regularly.
Found in all cells in the body, cholesterol is a waxy substance that can stick in the arteries and clog them. While the human body does produce cholesterol, we get dietary cholesterol from food. Because it is made in the liver, cholesterol is only found in animal foods.
Most of the sodium we get in our diet comes from processed and prepackaged foods. While table salt (sodium chloride) and sodium are often used interchangeably, they are not the same; sodium is only a component of table salt. The biggest sodium offenders in the Standard American Diet may surprise you—they are breads and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, sandwiches, soups, and pizza. The Nutrition Facts Label will tell you per serving how many milligrams (mg) of sodium that food provides. The US Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium intake to 2,300 mg per day.
Total carbohydrate is the total amount of carbs provided in a single serving. When considering your carbohydrate intake, be sure to check how many grams of dietary fiber the food contains. Dietary fiber is the broom for the intestines and helps keep things moving along. A diet high in fiber can also help ward off chronic health issues like heart disease and obesity.
To take it one step further, you can also find Net Carbs on the food label. Net carbs equal the total grams of carbohydrate minus the grams of fiber in each serving. Net carbs can be an especially important number for people tracking their carbohydrates.
One can of OLIPOP contains approximately 16 grams of carbohydrates, with only three of those grams being from added sugars. Since each can contains 9 grams of fiber, you can subtract 9 grams of carbs from the total carbs to calculate the net carbs (in this case, there are 7 grams of net carbs per can).
Sugar and Added Sugars are next on the label, listed and grouped with the information on carbohydrates. Total sugars are those naturally occurring sugars found in food and beverages. Dairy products are examples of nutritious foods that contain naturally occurring sugar lactose.
Added sugars are listed to help consumers understand the difference between sugars that are naturally occurring and sugars added during processing. Flavored milk is an example of a dairy product that has added sugars. In a typical diet, added sugars come from sources like desserts, baked goods, sugar-sweetened beverages, and candy.
One can of OLIPOP contains only 3 grams of added sugars, unlike most traditional sodas, which can contain upwards of 40 grams per can.
Protein is found in both plant and animal products. Protein sources are meats and poultry, soy products, beans, dairy, nuts and seeds, and whole grains.
Vitamins And Minerals
Vitamins and Minerals round out the Nutrition Facts Label. Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, and Potassium are required to be listed. Check this section out if you are monitoring which vitamins and minerals you are consuming.
While some manufacturers choose to include the amount of caffeine in a food or drink on their food label, this is not a requirement in the US. However, if caffeine is added to a food or drink, and is not naturally occurring, it must be included on the ingredient list.
Take A Closer Look
Now that you know how to read one, and what is typically included on a Nutrition Facts Label, try taking a closer look the next time you are consuming a packaged product. You might be surprised at the unneeded amount of fats, sugars, and sodium that you are taking into your body. Now try comparing OLIPOP to a generic soda, and you’ll find out just how much of those unnecessary added ingredients you are drinking. So make the switch already! OLIPOP provides a healthier option, and it tastes great too!
- You will not find high fructose corn syrup or any artificial colors or flavors in OLIPOP
- One can of OLIPOP contains only 3 grams of added sugars
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