What is a Nutrition Label?

A nutrition label  – the label placed on the back of food packages – shows people the contents of what they are consuming. This includes ingredients, calories, total carbohydrates, and more food-related information. Kesher behavior coordinator, Kayla Levy, states that “Nutrition labels are important because you need to know what you are feeding your body throughout the day. The label tells you exactly what nutrients your body is getting.” When you eat, always check the nutrition label to determine if what you are consuming is healthy. If it’s not healthy, then you should consider switching the food that you are eating and make better eating choices. Not every food is healthy, and it is paramount for humans to make healthy choices to live longer lives. When you wake up in the morning, consider having eggs with Missions Carb Balance Tortillas (healthy tortillas) as well as cream cheese and lox, instead of bagels. You can also enjoy Too Good yogurt, or a protein shake with banana, protein powder, milk, cauliflower rice, spinach, or kale. Too many unhealthy carbs will put you at risk for obesity, and you can become very tired when you consume sugary breakfast foods; they are fine to eat once in a while, but not every single day. When you look at a nutrition label, the more protein and less sugars or sodium, the better. Also, it is key to eat food in moderation so you don’t make yourself prone to obesity. It is okay to sometimes consume unhealthy foods to make you feel better, but only in moderation. Look at a nutrition label and start feeling good about yourself. Eating a bunch of carrots and fruits is better than eating oreos, cookies cakes, cupcakes, milkshakes, ice sundaes, or other things that you crave in your day-to-day life. If you eat too many sugary foods, you will feel hyper and sick. Consuming sugar might make you want more of it, but surrendering to this urge will cause you to gain weight; you may no longer fit into your clothes, and you won’t be living a healthy life. When you go to a restaurant, sometimes you can see the meal’s calories within the menu; look to see what’s healthier and make sure it has fiber and it has nutrients. The more nutrients it has, the healthier the meal is.

Before I started my fitness journey account on Instagram, I never liked eating healthy foods or exercising. When I started Weight Training in the second semester, I was excited and scared to learn different workouts and exercises. After a while, I learned about weight training with Coach Morgan. I started getting better at it and not being afraid of trying new exercises in the fitness center. When I made my fitness account five months ago, I was excited to teach my friends, teachers, and others about living a healthier lifestyle and exercising more effectively. Working out does not mean doing 20 jumping jacks to become fit. Everything in life is done with time and a step-by-step process: patience will get you to your goal. Taking some of the aforementioned steps can help you lead a healthy lifestyle. It is guaranteed you will feel full with these healthier options, instead of eating a chocolate chip cookie or an egg and cheese muffin. Another nutrition fact is that it’s best to have bread in the afternoon – you burn a lot of calories in the afternoon compared to the nighttime.  Don’t feed into your unhealthy desires: it will ruin your healthy lifestyle. Your body and stomach are both very small, so don’t eat too much. Always know how much you are eating on a day-to-day basis. Someone with diabetes, especially, should take care of themselves in regards to their eating habits. With a good diet one can fight against diabetes.

Hillel students and faculty offered several of their thoughts as to what nutrition labels mean to them. In a world where all are surrounded by junk food and unhealthy options, it is important to look beyond instant satisfaction. Senior Nicole Feldman says “Personally, I’ve never looked at a nutrition label in my life. However, I think they are very important. I eat really unhealthy foods and would love to change that by paying attention to nutrition labels. Nutrition labels allow us to know what we’re consuming. @Fitnessbyromi on Instagram is also a great inspiration for me to start a healthier lifestyle.” Yael Algranatti, also a senior at Hillel, adds “Nutritional labels give you insight on what you’re consuming. It is super beneficial for us to know exactly what we are eating because it can help us take care of our health and diet.” Dean of Students, Jessica Best, states “Nutrition labels are extremely informative as they share the ingredients that are within the food/drink item. I recently learned that the first ingredient listed is the ingredient that makes up the largest portion of that consumable: how interesting! I refer to nutritional labels for the serving size information, the amount of calories, and the amount of sugars.” Also, High School Principal Christopher Johnson says “I think nutrition labels are very important.  We know that what you eat and drink is closely related to your physical and mental health.  Understanding what is in your food helps you make informed choices and take control of your wellbeing.  Looking at the quantity of sugar, salt, and fats in a given item is an important aspect of controlling your health.  Listing this information also helps hold food manufacturers accountable for what they produce.” Lastly, “I think nutrition labels are important because it’s important for people to know what they’re putting into their mouths when they consume different foods, such as sugar, protein, fats, etc,” says Senior Ilana Stiberman. Nutrition labels, overall, are extremely important due to the freedom and ability they give humans to determine their health. 

Quick Definitions: 

Total Carbohydrates

  • The Total Carbohydrates tells us how many grams of carbohydrates are in the food package that you are eating. 


  • Calories are the unit that measures energy in food.


  • The ingredients are the components of different foods that you find inside a meal or food package. 


  •  Sodium is a mineral found in salt.


  • Protein is a nutrient necessary to grow strong bones 
    • Examples include nuts, meat, and eggs 

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