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Postby Iwillbefit » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:06 pm

Can anyone tell me how to read a food label properly, I don't buy too many packaged foods - I bought a nudie juice, which looks all nice and healthy and trendy but its 250ml of probiotic yogurt, some apple, honey and vanilla and its 900kj. This sounds like alot to me. Is it?

Here's the label (and its per 250ml serve):

energy 903kj
protein 10.8g
total: 3.5g
saturated: 2.3g
dietary fibre:0.8g
sodium 151mg
calcium 344mg
added sugar 0
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Postby madeline » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:17 pm

I only read kjs... I know some people take into account fat and sugar also, but to me kjs is the easiest. 900kj is quite a bit... but not terrible. For example I'm on 5000kjs a day, so 900kjs is pretty much a whole meal for me, but it depends how high your daily kj intake is.

In comparison compared to other drinks- 600mL diet coke is 10kjs, a gloria jeans latte is 700kj, regular boost juice is WAY past 1000kjs and a glass of apple juice is 450kj.
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Postby milkyway » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:20 pm

I don't know much about it to be honest, but I do know that when you look at the carbohydrate value, you need to compare it to the sugar quantity - so in your case, the carb value is 41 which ordinarily I'd say is quite high (about one third of my daily carb intake) but there are zero sugars - so they're probably good carbs? :?

The other thing I know to look out for is with the fat - how much saturated and unsaturated fat there is - but with such a small amount of fat in the serve, that saturated fat is of a higher value than the non-saturated fat, overall is not a problem. I hope that makes sense? If you have a fat reading where it's 17gm of fat, 15 or which is saturated, then you know it's absolutely no good for you.

The calorie value is 215. Whether it's high or not depends on what your daily calorie intake is. If it's a snack, it's probably a little high, but if it's breakfast, prolly OK. I don't eat yoghurt so I have nothing to compare that too, but I do know that a krispy kreme donut is around 200 calories with 12 grams of fat :P
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Postby Iwillbefit » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:55 pm

looool thanks at the responses guys

I had such a good chuckle at KK kj count that was funny :P

Looks like I've got to find some reading - I honestly don't know how much my kj count is but I know its not all that high.
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Postby Chelle » Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:05 pm

When I look at a label i look at the cal / Kj intake so that was 903Kj = 216 Cal & fat intake as well

If you want to work out Kj into Cal

1 Cal = 4.18Kj

If you want to know how much you calorie intake for the day by your body weight work your body weight into Ib's

Eg: 81KG = 178.57Ib x 7 = 1249.99 Calories
If you want to know what it in KJ 1249.99 x 4.18 = 5224.95Kj

Hope this help's or give you a better understanding
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Postby bluebox451 » Sat Jul 28, 2007 5:29 pm

I think the key word/s was "No ADDED Sugars"
In other words, they havent added extra but there's probably heaps in there to begin with. Does it have a separate amount for sugars. Carbohydrates are sugars but it usually lists simple sugars separately.
I think its not too bad calorie wise if youre having it on its own for brekky or something. It sounds delicious and protein and calcium content is good too.
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