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Know Your Nutrition Facts, Know Your Food

Payal D Patel, PharmD, Resident


Feb 26th, 2015


These days, more and more people make informed decisions about their lifestyles and have set goals to make healthier choices.  Food label reading is an informative and free way to help make healthy choices while shopping at the grocery store!  To support you with your continued commitment to healthy living, here’s a quick checklist to help understand a nutrition facts label.

  1. Serving Size: This will help determine if you need to adjust any of the other values on the nutrition label. For example, most ice creams have a serving size of ½ cup. If you eat 1 cup of ice cream for dessert, you will have to double all of the values on the label.
  2. Calories: This will tell you the number of calories per serving. In addition to the total calories per servings, your nutrition label will also tell you the number of calories that come from fat sources. In general choose foods with fewer calories from fat.
  3. Nutrients: According to the US Food and Drug Administration
    1. Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Carbohydrates: These nutrients are necessary for basic functions, however people tend to consume too much of them. Having too much of these nutrients in your diet may increase your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes amongst other conditions. In general, if the daily value is less than 5% for any of these nutrients, it is considered low.
    2. Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamins, and Minerals: These are the nutrients that can help build strong bones and muscles as well as keep your metabolism active. When looking at the nutritional label, try to find foods that are higher in these nutrients. In general, if any of these nutrients are more than 20% of your daily values, they are considered high.

In addition to checking the nutrition label when making food choices, there are other ways to ensure that you and your family can continue to be healthy. Try to balance the food you eat with physical activity to help manage weight.

Incorporating fresh foods and vegetables into meals will provide you with important vitamins and minerals. Another benefit of eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is that these foods are typically low in cholesterol and sodium.


Also, the American Heart Association (AHA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have published many resources to help you make smarter food choices. Visit the links below to learn more! By using your new skill of nutrition label reading, you can continue your commitment to healthy eating.


Payal D Patel, PharmD, Resident


8 Responses to Know Your Nutrition Facts, Know Your Food

  1. elaine 12/04/2016 at 5:01 pm

    dear albertsons,
    i would like to know the calories and nutrition facts for the following items. For ese items, i am referring only to the items from the BAKERY CABINET that has the glass doors and a variety of cookies, doughnuts, pastries, and muffins.
    1) red velvet muffin
    2) blueberry muffin
    3) banana muffin
    4) lemon poppyseed muffin
    5) gourmet oatmeal raisin cookie
    6) gourmet reese’s peanut butter chocolate cookie
    7) gourmet sugar cookie
    8) glazed yeast doughnut ring
    9) apple fritter
    10) cinnamon roll doughnut (sometimes called a coffee roll doughnut. but i am asking about the doughnut, not just a regular cinnamon roll)

    thank you and i look forward to your swift response.
    sincerely, elaine

    • Customer Support 12/04/2016 at 6:54 pm

      Elaine, we suggest stopping by your local store and speaking with the bakery department for further assistance. -Julio

  2. Christina 18/07/2016 at 5:53 pm

    That is not a helpful answer, I am sad to say! The staff makes very good items and are so helpful and nice however, corporate has given them no nutritional data AT ALL to give out to customers.
    BIG difference between Albertson’s and let’s say, COSTCO, who have signs on their walls displaying caloric count for all of their food items.
    Even Wegman’s has caloric counts displayed for their to-go foods/ and bakery items.
    Albertson’s really should be a responsible grocer and have caloric nutrition displayed on their bakery to-go items too!

    • Customer Support 19/07/2016 at 12:30 pm

      Christina, your feedback and concerns are very important to us. We will share this internally for review. Please let us know which store you frequent so that we can best identify and resolve this issue. Thanks! -Rebecca

  3. S Morrison 31/01/2017 at 6:17 am

    There needs to be nutritional information provided for all bakery items, I also am interested in the nutritional information, as I have to count carbohydrates, protein, total fat etc.

    The very friendly staff maintains they do not have the info on a regular basis. I would hate to have to stop shopping at Albertson’s because of silly nonsense such as this.

  4. J Thompson 02/03/2017 at 5:42 pm

    I too am looking for nutritional breakdown of bakery items. I can’t believe this is not required information!
    What is it you do not want your customers to know? I am sure these are not nutritionally dense foods…regardless, this should be public information shared if not on the product, then in the store, minimally it should be available online…. ???

    • Customer Support 02/03/2017 at 7:31 pm

      J, thank you for sharing your concerns and suggestions with us regarding the nutritional breakdown of bakery items. We appreciate your feedback, and we will share it with the appropriate personnel for review. Have a great night! -Cornelius

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