How to Read Food Labels and What to Look For

Nutritionist Approved Silk Almond Coconut Blend

My husband and I been working with a family nutritionist to get our dietary issues under control. Both he and I have to watch our cholesterol; a hereditary gift! Some of my kids also avoid milk, not due to lactose allergies but simply because it’s not their favorite.

Our nutritionist suggested trying milk alternatives like almond or soy milk. She also gave me this helpful flyer on how to actually understand food labels.

What to look for?

 

    • Serving Size: check to see how many servings the data is really for! You might be able to consume the package in one go, but the label might be calibrated for more than one serving!

 

    • Saturated Fat: Aim for less than 3 grams a serving.

 

    • Trans Fat: Avoid at all costs. It should be 0 grams.

 

    • Sodium: High blood pressure also runs in the family though my husband and I are ok for now. It’s something to watch for. Aim for 240 mg or less per serving.

 

    • Fiber: This is the key for heavy choices. You want at least 3 grams per serving. Look for that in carbohydrate laden snacks like crackers.

 

 

How To Decipher The Food Label

reading food labels

My kids like coconut, so I thought I would try the Silk Almond Coconut blend. They also have a new flavor, Silk Almond Protein + Fiber, which I am really interested in trying, but I searched two supermarkets in my area and came up dry. I’ll keep looking though!

 

Silk Almond Coconut blend

Now let’s put Silk Almond Coconut blend to the nutrition food label test! How does it stack up?

 

    • Serving Size: The data is for 8 servings. This makes sense because I bought the half gallon container.

 

    • Saturated Fat: Aim for less than 3 grams a serving. Saturated fat in Silk Almond Coconut blend is 1 gram.

 

    • Trans Fat: Avoid at all costs. It should be 0 grams. Trans fat in Silk Almond Coconut blend is o grams.

 

    • Sodium: Aim for 240 mg or less per serving. Sodium in Silk Almond Coconut blend is 170 mg per serving.

 

    • Fiber: This is the key for heavy choices. You want at least 3 grams per serving. There isn’t fiber in Silk Almond Coconut blend but that’s ok since it is a beverage.

 

 

Silk Almond Coconut blend Food Label

Silk Almond Coconut blend

My nutritionist actually does recommend Almond milk from a brand like Silk. She would approve of this choice!

• 50 calories per serving
• 50% more calcium than dairy milk
• Excellent source of vitamin E
• Absolutely no cholesterol
• Free of dairy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg and MSG
• Enrolled in the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program
• No artificial colors, flavors or funny business

And my kids approve as well as they like the flavor.

If you go to the Silk Facebook page, you can also get a 75 cent coupon! That’s a win-win proposition in my book!

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How to Read Food Labels and What to Look For

This is a sponsored post and I chose to do it because my kids really do drink Silk Almond milk and are thrilled to be trying new flavors. It’s a healthy alternative to milk for kids like mine who don’t drink enough milk for various reasons. My kids’ reasons are boredom, I suspect, so I’m grateful that this is working for us. And it’s nutritionist approved too!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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